AUSTIN

Population 477,227

Altitude 50

General

In 1839 five mounted scouts ranged over a broad area of wilderness seeking a site for a new capital city for the Republic of Texas. A location on the north bank of the Colorado River was chosen, where rich blacklands meet scenic hills. The site occupied at the time by a four family settlement called Waterloo. The name honors Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas." About the first of September 1839, archives and furniture of Texas government were transported from Houston to Austin by 50 ox-drawn wagons.

Institutions of higher learning include Austin Community College, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Concordia Lutheran College, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Houston-Tillotson College, St. Edward's University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Major annual event is the Aqua Festival held in the late summer.

Widely known for its diverse music community and live music scene, Austin has it all--blues, country/Western, reggae, jazz, swing, and rock. Performed in various clubs around the city and at night spots along South Street.

The city is home to the nation's largest urban bat colony found under the Congress Avenue bridge during the summer. A kiosk on north shore of Town Lake's hike and bike trail near Four Seasons Hotel and one on the south shore inform visitors when and where to watch for the nocturnal mammals.

AUSTIN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

AUSTIN NATURE CENTER

AUSTIN VISITOR CENTER

CAPITAL CRUISES

CELEBRATION STATION

CELIS BREWERY

CONGRESS AVENUE WALKING TOUR

DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC MUSEUM

ELISABET NEY MUSEUM

FRENCH LEGATION

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM

GOOD DAY RANCH

GOVERNOR'S MANSION

HAMILTON POOL PRESERVE

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

HILL COUNTRY FLYER

JOURDAN-BACHMAN PIONEER FARM

LAGUNA GLORIA ART MUSEUM

LYNDON B. JOHNSON LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

MCKINNEY FALLS STATE PARK

MANOR DOWNS

MOUNT BONNELL

NATIONAL WILDFLOWER RESEARCH CENTER

NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE

O. HENRY HOME

OLD BAKERY AND EMPORIUM

PARKS

SIXTH STREET (OLD PECAN STREET)

SLAUGHTER LEFTWICH WINERY

STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX

STATE CEMETERY

TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

TEXAS STATE LIBRARY

THEATRE

TOWN LAKE RIVERBOAT TOUR

UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN

UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM

WESTCAVE PRESERVE

WILD BASIN PRESERVE

Attractions

MERCHANTS

Austin's Wildflower Inn, Austin

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