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

Tubers rescued from Kishwaukee River in Cherry Valley

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:54:00 EDT

Emergency responders rescue four people from the Kishwaukee River, Sunday evening.

90 year old Ford Tri-Motor makes a pit stop in Rockford

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:54:00 EDT

This 90 year old original plane flew above the city of Rockford this weekend for passengers to enjoy. 

Louisiana racer dies in crash at Beaver Dam Raceway

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:53:00 EDT

Jason Johnson, 41, was involved in a crash Saturday night as he battled for the lead during Lap 18 of the Jim Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway, according to World of Outlaws. 

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