Texas City Nicknames
Huntsville’s nickname is” Prison City” and sometimes, “Execution Capital of the World.” You won’t find it on the Chamber of Commerce marquis, but it is a well-known moniker for the town.
Alpine says it is the “Gateway to Big Bend.” Athens is the “Black-eyed Pea Capital.” I bet they do some good business New Year’s Day. Austin is “Bat City,” or “Hippie Haven,” but more recently Austin simply asks all Austinites to “KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD.” Denton is known as “Little Austin.”
Pecos is the site of “World’s first Rodeo,” but Mesquite is the “Rodeo Capital of Texas,”. Bandera is the “Cowboy Capital of Texas”. Fort Worth is “Cow Town.” Strange that the Cowboys and the Cows are 300 miles apart. Fort Worth is also known as “Funky Town” – and shares with Dallas the title of “THE METROPLEX. “ Similarly, Midland and Odessa share “THE PETROPLEX” as their nickname. Odessa is also the Jackrabbit Roping Capital. Must be a lot like herding cats.
For sheer business macho I like Midlothian – “The cement and steel capital of Texas.”. As a Counterbalance, we have Happy, Texas, “THE TOWN WITHOUT A FROWN.”
MARFA has been “Leaving the Lights on For You for 120 Years.” Brady is the “True Heart of Texas” because it is in the geographical middle. Eagle Pass on the border is where “Yee-Ha meets Ole.” And Fort Davis is “where the Stars Come Out to Play.” Corpus Christi is the Shining CIty by the Sea and Brownsville is “On the Border by the Sea,” but is also “THE CHESS CAPITAL OF TEXAS.” Indeed it is the only city celebrating board game prowess.
Burnet and LLano share the title of Bluebonnet Capital capital of Texas. But Burnet’s other slogan is far more memorable. “It’s Burnet, Durnet, Can’t you Learn it?” Mexia, sometimes called Mex ee- ah, is gentler with the pronunciation challenged. They say, “Mexia is a great place no matter how you pronounce it.”
Commerce is the BOW DARK capital of Texas. Named for the Osage Orange around there.
We have several towns that claim to be the “Watermelon Capital of Texas.” Naples, Weatherford, Dilley. But Dilley is the only one with a watermelon monument so we’ll give it the win. Besides, Weatherford also claims to be the “”Peach Capital and the “Cutting Horse Capital. So let’s not get greedy there Weatherford. Knox City is the SEEDLESS watermelon capital of Texas.” Probably much cleaner sidewalks there.
McCarney is the Wind Energy Capital of Texas. Might better go to Austin when the Legislature is in session.
We have the food capitals. Lockhart for Barbecue, Terlingua for Chili. And Friona is the cheeseburger capital. Corsicana is the “Fruit Cake Capital.” And after all the food you may want to go to Hereford, “The Town without a Toothache.”
El Paso is “Sun City” or “El Chuco.” Waco is the Buckle of the Bible Belt. Smithville is the heart of the Megalopolis, quite a big name for a town of three thousand.
Nacogdoches bills itself as the Oldest Town in Texas, but San Angelo is the end of the Rainbow. I think I’d like to go there. Sounds peaceful.