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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.

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Will Austin ISD’s $850k advertising campaign resonate with families?

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:48:41 +0000

Door hangers, radio and internet ads and a billboard that mentions skinny jeans are all part of the marketing investment aimed at boosting e…

Hamels, Beltre lead rollin’ Rangers to win over Yankees

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:14:30 +0000

Cole Hamels breezed through seven shutout innings to win his fourth consecutive start, Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs

Townley Haas seals spot at Rio; 1st in 200 freestyle

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:08:50 +0000

A one thousandth of a second made the difference, but either way Townley Haas booked his spot on the US Olympic Swim Team Tuesday night.

Pat Summitt remembered by legendary...

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:02:26 GMT

After a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease, legendary University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, 64, passed away Tuesday morning.


McCoy found stability with Washington...

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:20:41 GMT


Little Hurdles Towards Rio

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:41:45 GMT

When Texas A&M's Shamier Little hits the track at the US Olympic Team Trials for the 400 meter hurdles next week she'll do it as a 3-time NCAA Champion, and the fastest woman in the world in that event. That's a big reason her competition should fear the bow in Eugene, Oregon.


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