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

Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:39:32 +0000

Apple now says it needs more time to perfect the speaker's technology.

San Antonio school helps make prosthetic hand for child

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:54:08 +0000

The hand was created by Brian Haddock, a freshman at the School of Science and Technology in San Antonio. 

PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton signing her book in Austin

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:00:13 +0000

Clinton's book tells the story of the unprecedented 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath.

Woman allegedly steals donation box from Rockford store

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:56:00 EST

A Rockford store needs your help finding a suspect accused of stealing a box of money meant for a local charity.

Annual tree lighting ceremony kicks of holidays at Edgebrook Shopping Center

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:48:00 EST

The Edgebrook Shopping Center is getting into the holiday spirit. It held its annual tree lighting ceremony Friday.

Soggy, windy weather keeps Saturday feeling very chilly

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:25:00 EST

Wild weather whips into the Stateline for the start of the weekend, bringing rain, a little snow, and a lot of wind and cold to the area.

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