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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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Bastrop High football player still recovering from September concussion

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:24:10 +0000

Weston Narro, a sophomore JV football player at Bastrop High School, is recovering from injuries he sustained during a September game.

More than the Score: Heading into the weekend

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:00:45 +0000

KXAN's Chris Tavarez joins Roger Wallace on MTTS to discuss the remaining college football season and the rough starts for both men's and wo…

Top 5 videos of the week on KXAN.com

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:25:42 +0000

The most watched video on KXAN.com this week was video of a train derailment that left 97 BMWs damaged.

Cowboys fan gets championship tattoo

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:04:43 GMT

As confident as Dallas Cowboys fans are, no one is going so far as to declare them this season's unquestioned championship team.

       

Foreman takes home Doak Walker Award

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:24:48 GMT

Texas Longhorns running back D'Onta Foreman came up short in his bid for the Heisman Trophy, but he did manage to win the Doak Walker Award Thursday night for the top running back in the nation.

       

UH names Major Applewhite as head...

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:15:49 GMT

HOUSTON - After Tom Herman's departure, the University of Houston has named a new head football coach.

       

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