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Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in state of Texas. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States. Austin has a population of 842,592 (2012 estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the five-county Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population 1,834,303 (2012 U.S. Census).

In the 1830s, pioneers began to settle the area in central Austin along the Colorado River. After Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited the area during a buffalo-hunting expedition between 1837 and 1838, he proposed that the republic's capital then located in Houston, Texas, be relocated to the area situated on the north bank of the Colorado River near the present-day Congress Avenue Bridge. In 1839, the site was officially chosen as the republic's new capital (the republic's seventh and final location) and was incorporated under the name Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state.

Happening Now

Austin police sergeant fired for lying about SXSW overtime

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:25:04 +0000

Sgt. Richard Davis was fired by Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley on Friday, according to a police department disciplinary memo.

City of Austin hopes to spend $75M fixing flood prone areas downtown

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:35:04 +0000

City planners hope a city bond proposal will go through in 2018, allowing for funding of storm drainage projects downtown.

Transgender woman says attack is adding fuel to her message

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:32:06 +0000

Two brothers were arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing Stephanie Martinez because she is transgender.

McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:56:00 EDT

The Senate plans a vote this week on a Republican health care bill but it's a mystery what they are voting on.

Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:48:00 EDT

A 60-year-old man who was arrested after authorities say at least nine people died in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found outside a Walmart in San Antonio is due in federal court.

13 WREX hosting annual Stuff the Bus event

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:48:00 EDT

The third annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive is coming back to the Rockford area.  13 WREX started the event back in 2015 to help make sure students who can't afford school supplies have what they need before they go back to school.

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