Pecans first became known to Europeans in the 16th century. The first Europeans to come into contact with pecans were Spanish explorers in what is now Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana. These Spanish explorers called the pecan, “nuez de la arruga”, which roughly translates to “wrinkle nut”. They were called this for their resemblance to wrinkles.
In 1906, Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg asked that a pecan tree be planted at his grave instead of a traditional headstone, requesting that the seeds be distributed throughout the state to make Texas a “Land of Trees”. His wish was carried out and this brought more attention to pecan trees.
In 1919, the 36th Texas Legislature made the pecan tree the state tree of Texas. Several other American towns and regions host annual events celebrating the pecan harvest.
Today, Bagley Pecans of Richmond continues to celebrate the rich history of the pecan as our Naming Sponsor for the First Annual Bagley Pecan Harvest Festival!