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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

Rideshare drivers under added scrutiny during ACL

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:04:26 +0000

The transportation department says, this weekend, it's all hands on deck to make sure rideshare drivers are playing by city rules.

New kiosk offers safe way to dispose of unused prescription drugs

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:10:09 +0000

This kiosk now sits in the lobby of Constable Precinct 5 in downtown Austin at 1003 Guadalupe St.

I-35 at Riverside Drive improvements met with safety concerns

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:06:02 +0000

TxDOT is one step closer to finding out if this project can become a reality, after Thursday night's public hearing.

Lady Gaga will perform during Super...

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:31:03 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) - It's official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show.

       

Heckler challenged at Ryder Cup,...

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:18:10 GMT

A fan at the Ryder Cup, who was heckling the European team during their practice round -- where the team was allegedly struggling on the green -- was given that challenge Thursday. And boy, oh boy, did he answer. 

 
       

More racetracks eyeing football games

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:58:40 GMT

       

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