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

Annual Race for the Cure to honor breast cancer victims, survivors

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:41:02 +0000

The 5K run is set to begin at 7:30 am at the campus of the Austin American Statesman

Marching bands compete to be the Austin regional champ

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 03:20:17 +0000

The Bands of America Austin Regional Championship was held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

Going for the Gold: Speed skater zooms in with hopes to join Team USA

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:50:13 +0000

Utah native Jerica Tandiman, a long track speed skater, watched her future rise in her backyard while she was growing up.

UPDATE: Winnebago County deputy shot overnight

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:02:00 EDT

Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for the man wanted for shooting a deputy Saturday morning. 

Wedding at Khlem Arboretum put on hold due to suspect search

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:28:00 EDT

 "We were on our way to get her hair done for the day and I was like we can't tell her, there's been too many things going on, we're not telling her, hopefully it will get resolved" said Jacobs. The whole bridal party was kept out of Klehm this morning during search.

Second earthquake hits Mexico this week

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:52:00 EDT

A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, as rescuers were still searching through the rubble in Mexico City from a massive quake earlier this week. 

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