Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas, (population 750,000) became the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839. Austin remained the capital of the state of Texas following the United States’ annexation of Texas in 1845.

With the arrival of the railroad in 1871, the economy grew, along with an increase in construction. The 1888 capitol building and the buildings of the University of Texas at Austin are today among the city’s most prominent landmarks.

The city of Austin is implementing CreateAustin, a plan to promote Austin’s many cultural, historical, and artistic assets. Austin has several heritage festivals reflecting the diverse cultural heritage of the city, including Mexican, European, African American, and Asian influences.


The Capitol Building in Austin.

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