- Battle of San Jacinto, and Texas won its Independence from Mexico.
- 1st election for the President of the Republic was held. Sam
- Mirabeau Lamar succeeded Sam Houston as President. The
Republic began to look for a permanent place for the state capital,
Lamar suggested Waterloo.
- A location was chosen and the city of Waterloo became the City of Austin,
named in honor of Stephen F. Austin (the "Father of Texas").
Mirabeau Lamar declared Austin the capital of Texas. Most
early Texas politicians agreed with declaring Austin the capital - all except Sam Houston.
The first capitol building was a log cabin built where the Austin city
hall now stands.
- Sam Houston succeeded Lamar as President. Sam Houston
was so determined to have his namesake city become the capital that on New
Year's Eve 1842 he sent Texas Rangers into Austin to steal all of the
government papers. The Rangers almost got away with it, however an
Austinite spotted the crime and reported the theft. The documents
were returned and Austin became the capital of the Texas government.
Houston did become a much larger city.
- Anson Jones was elected President.
- Texas was admitted to the Union as the 28th state.
- The annexation of Texas causes the Mexican American War. The
United states army wins the war and Mexico relinquishes all right to
- The new capitol building, built on Capitol Square was completed.
- Texas seceded from the Union.
June 19 - Gordon Granger, Union General declared that all slaves were
- First pontoon bridge across the Colorado River allowed opened.
- Railroad arrived in Austin.
- First wooden bridge across the Colorado was opened. Shortly
thereafter it collapsed under the weight of a ranchers cattle being
herded across the bridge. The first public school was also
- The stone and wood capitol was destroyed by a fire.
- A new temporary capitol was built on 11th street & Congress
Avenue. The newly opened University of Texas held its first
- The first building at the University of Texas was completed, Old
Main. The next year St. Edward's College opened.
- The new state Capitol building was completed.
- The first of a series of dams along the Colorado River was
completed, this created Lake McDonald, we know now know it as Lake
- Heavy rains caused the dam to break and sent big chucks of granite
and tons of water down the Colorado river below. Later in the
1930's a new dam was constructed, know as the Tom Miller Dam.
- With the development of Woodridge Park, a series of parks began to
- Andrew Zilker sold part of his land to the City of Austin to allow
Barton Springs and Zilker Park to be constructed.
- First Austin public library opened.
- The first airport opened in Austin
The University of Texas Tower was completed.
- The LCRA began construction on a series of dams that created the Highland
- The City of Austin purchased the right of way for Interstate Highway
- The first television show to air in Austin was on Thanksgiving
Day, KTBC went on the air with the University of Texas vs Texas
A & M football game.
- The City of Austin acquired the land for Highway 1 (Mo-Pac).
- The beginning of the live music scene arrived. The Armadillo
World Headquarters opened in Austin.
- The 360 bridge was dedicated. The bridge actually has the
name of the Percy V. Pennybacker Bridge and connected north Austin
to south Austin across Lake Austin.
- Michael Dell started Dell Computers. This was the beginning of
an influx of high-tech, semiconductor and start-up companies to
Austin. And it is still going on.
- South by Southwest (SXSW) held its first music conference in
Austin. The conference gains worldwide attention every year.
- The Austin Convention Center was opened.
- The Bergstrom Air Force base was closed and the City of Austin began
planning to convert the facility into the new airport that Austin desperately
- The renovation and expansion to the capitol building was
completed. It took over 6 years and $187 million dollars.
- The new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport opened for business.
- This year also marked the re-opening of the University of Texas
observation tower. It had been closed to the public 30 years
- The City of Austin holds an A2K Party to ring in the new millennium.
About 260,000 people attended.
|Whats in a name
Im sure you have wondered
"where did they come up with that name?". Well...heres a helpful
parking lot - ok that was a joke. Traffic on the north/south highway
can get to be a big mess most of the day. Because of the increased
number of people in Austin and the increase in the amount of travel
between Dallas and San Antonio, the highway can cause you serious
traffic headaches. The City of Austin is very aware of the issues
and is working on a resolution plan.
City of Austin is located on the Balcones Fault. Where the Hill
Country of East Texas meet the plains of West Texas a fault line exists.
West of Hwy 1 (Mo-Pac) you can see the geography change.
street in downtown Austin
the difference? Location, location, location. Yes all three are a part of the Colorado
River. North of Austin, between Marble Falls Dam and Highway 620 is Lake
Travis. The longest in the Highland Lakes chain, Lake Travis is
popular for skiing, boating, sailing and scuba diving.
From the Mansfield dam (at Highway 620) down to the Tom Miller dam (next to the Hula Hut
restaurant) is Lake Austin (it is a long, skinny river with high
limestone cliff walls) - perfect for
water skiing From the
Tom Miller dam
through the downtown City of Austin is Town Lake no motorized vehicles are
allowed on the water (unless it is a charter),
neither is swimming. Canoeing and rowing are popular Town Lake activity.
Check out the water,water,water
name of a winery. Also the name of the plains area where the
Hill country of East Texas meets the Plains of West Texas. It's
the transition area.
know as Highway 1. It is one of the central traffic arteries that
runs north/south through Austin. Named for the Missouri Pacific railroad
line that runs along side of it.