Austin is the capital City of Texas. The land was originally occupied by the Lipan Apaches, Comanches and Tonkawas Native Americans. The Spanish set up missions in the 1700’s. Anglo-American settled in Central Texas and founded the village of Waterloo on the Colorado River in the year 1830. Waterloo became the capital of Texas in 1839. A new city was built and named after Stephen Austin. He has the distinguished honor of holding the title; “the father of Texas”. The population of Austin in 1840 was just 856. Today the population of Austin is 931,830 with the Metro population at 2,000,860. In 1888 construction of the Capitol Building was complete. The Great Granite Dam was constructed in 1893 on the Colorado River. High-tech companies and innovative thinkers started arriving to the area in the 1950’s. Austin is also known for its cultural life. It is a very diverse city and has been influenced and is still being influenced by immigrants from Asia, Africa, Mexico and Europe. Austin’s musical rebirth began in the 1970s and is known today as the “live music capital of the world”.
Things to do in Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum, Zilker Park, George Washington Carver Museum, Ballet Austin, Broken Spoke, Circuit of the Americas, Barton Springs Pool, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, The Paramount Theatre, McKinney Falls State Park, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Zoo, Frank Erwin Center, Blanton Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum.
Texas Longhorns women’s basketball, Texas Longhorns baseball, Austin Spurs, Texas Longhorns men’s basketball.
College & Universities
The College of Health Care Professionals, Austin Graduate School of Theology, University of Texas at Austin College of Education, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin Community College District, University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Huston-Tillotson University, Concordia University Texas.
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