History of Austin, TX
Austin may be a lively city now, but it wasn’t always so. Many native tribes, including the Comanches, Lipan Apaches, and Tonkawas traveled and camped along the creeks for hundreds of years before the Spanish set up missions in the late 1700s. It wasn’t until the 1830s that the first white settlers arrived and named their village Waterloo. In 1839, Waterloo was proclaimed the capitol of the new Republic of Texas; however, a new city was quickly built in the wilderness and named after “the father of Texas,” Stephen F. Austin. The entire government of Texas arrived from Houston in October 1839, and from there the village grew, officially becoming a city in 1880.
From the construction of the Great Granite Dam on the Colorado River in 1893 to research laboratories and think tanks emerging in the 1950s, Austin has long been a revolutionary place known for its cultural life and technological innovations. Rapid growth in the 1970s led Austin into being the metro area it is today, with plenty of bars, wedding venues, parks, event venues, restaurants, and dining clubs.
The Texas Capitol was once considered the 7th largest building in the world. In 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and was finally recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The building itself is an impressive feat, featuring a rectangular base with a four-story central block, symmetrical three-story wings, and a central dome rising in the middle. A central rotunda features art, with portraits of all the past presidents from Texas and all the former governors from the Republic of Texas. When you visit Austin, you’ll definitely want to make sure a tour of the Texas Capitol is on your to-do list.