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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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Mobile medicine delivering fast care to Austinities

Tue, 31 May 2016 02:12:00 +0000

A new company is helping Austinites get affordable urgent care, fast.

Woman tubing on Barton Creek drowns

Tue, 31 May 2016 01:54:59 +0000

Witnesses said they saw a woman go into a bypass tunnel that runs along Barton Springs Pool and she never came out of the other end.

Cincinnati Zoo responds to questions about gorilla’s death; vigil held outside

Tue, 31 May 2016 01:18:52 +0000

The male western lowland gorilla named Harambe was killed Saturday by a special zoo response team that feared the boy’s life was in danger.

After 20 years with UT, Augie Garrido...

Tue, 31 May 2016 02:48:41 GMT

Forty-eight years ago, Augie Garrido embarked on a journey that would take him to the highest of highs and through the lowest of lows.

       

Baylor Athletic Director McCaw resigns

Tue, 31 May 2016 02:00:03 GMT

Ian McCaw, who arrived at Baylor in the wake of the biggest athletic scandal in school history, is leaving in the wake of another.

       

UT's head coach to step down after 20...

Mon, 30 May 2016 23:11:04 GMT

After 20 years at the University of Texas as the head baseball coach, Augie Garrido is stepping down, men's Athletic Director Mike Perrin announced Monday.

       

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