The 12 Finest Trees in Texas: A Photo Tour of the State's Pretty, Historic, Beloved Live Oaks & More

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9. The Cart War Oak, City of Goliad C'mon, you know all about the Cart War, don't you? Something about Go-Karts? Too many cars involved in chase scenes smashing into fruit carts on their way to hitting a fire hydrant?

Listen up, class: The Cart War was a series of violent incidents between Texan and Mexican teamsters moving merchandise on carts from the Gulf to San Antonio around 1857. The Texans thought the Mexicans were undercutting them with too-low prices.

That wasn't all, of course: "The underlying causes of the event, historians believe, were ethnic and racial hostilities of Texans toward Mexican Texans, exacerbated by the ethnocentrism of the Know-Nothing party and the white anger over Mexican sympathy with black slaves," says The Handbook of Texas.

We just like how the tree somehow reminds us of Angela Davis as opposed to, say, Grace Jones.

8. Goose Island Oak, Aransas County Show me a kid who sees this tree and doesn't immediately want to climb it, and I'll show you a kid playing too many video games. Located in Goose Island State Park near Rockport, the tree -- thought to be 1,100 years old and at one time considered the largest live oak in the U.S. -- is reputed to have been visited by the allegedly cannibalistic Karankawas, Cabeza de Vaca and Sieur de LaSalle. Oh, and probably some high school kids getting drunk or high.

7. Old Evergreen Tree, Lee County Lots of people have trees in their front yards, but there are front-yard trees and then there are front-yard trees.

This monster gets no points for being imaginatively named, but it once was the centerpiece of a thriving little town called Evergreen. Sam Houston often stretched out in its shade, and TAMUFS says the town included "inns, well-stocked stores, and a schoolhouse."

But then the railroads bypassed the town, and it more or less withered away. The tree still stands, though, defiantly daring anyone to move it.

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