The Best of Austin!

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

Parents, kids explore summer camp options at Austin fair

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:16:38 +0000

The event was free and gave families the chance to explore more than 80 camps. It was hosted by Austin Family magazine.

Explosions shake houses on Travis/Hays border; AFD says cause was exploding tannerite

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:03:15 +0000

AFD tweeted that the explosions were caused by a person exploding tannerite, which is an exploding target used for firearms practice.

Dallas man convicted of murder in teen’s 2015 death

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:15:44 +0000

A Dallas man was convicted of murder Saturday in a teen's death after she returned a DVD while on her way to church.

UPDATE: Plane crash in Grand Detour

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:50:00 EST

Illinois State Police say there were two people in the plane when it crashed into the Rock River just outside of Dixon.

UPDATE: Teen robbed near West Middle School, Friday evening

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:02:00 EST

Rockford Police say the 18-year-old victim made arrangements on Facebook to sell his cellphone, but had a gun pulled on him during the exchange.

Shots fired during armed robbery near College Avenue

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:35:00 EST

A Rockford citizen is robbed in an alley near the 300 block of College Avenue on Friday.  

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