Austin Texas is the capital of Texas and the fourth largest city in the state of Texas. Austin is also one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and currently is the eleventh largest city in the US .
Austin was originally settled in 1837 by Stephen F. Austin, “the father of Texas,” as the village of Waterloo. Today Austin is a city that embraces education, technology and music while still retaining much of the natural beauty and green spaces beloved by the original settlers.
Austin has been the center of Texas government and education since the founding of the independent Republic of Texas in the 1800's. However, it was in the 1970's that the reputation about Austin Texas as a music mecca first began to take shape with the progressive country “cosmic cowboy” sound born at the Armadillo World Headquarters music hall. More than forty years later, Austin boasts more music venues per capita than any other city in the United States. Austin also counts as former and current citizens of Austin not only musicians but nationally known athletes, celebrity chefs, award winning actors and film directors and U.S. Presidents.
The humorist and short story writer William Sidney Porter, who became famous under the pen name O. Henry, was one of Austin's earliest famous citizens. According to a tall tale spun by O. Henry about Austin, the unlikely group of Stephen F. Austin, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Ponce de Leon stopped at the foot of what is now Austin's Congress Avenue while navigating the Colorado River by canal boat.
As the story goes, suddenly an idea struck Stephen F. Austin. He was too generous a man to conceal it.
“Boys, let's start a town site here and call it Austin.”
“Just as you say,” they replied, and they laid out Austin . . . and Austin has been laid out ever since.
In fact, the President of the new Republic, Mirabeau B. Lamar, sent a party of four men from Houston shortly after the founding of the Republic of Texas to locate a site for the new capital. On April 13, 1839, they reported to the President about Austin that, "The imagination of even the romantic will not be disappointed on viewing the valley of the Colorado, and the fertile and gracefully undulating woodlands and luxuriant prairies at a distance from it."
It is O. Henry who is credited with first giving the name The City of the Violet Crown to Austin when he wrote about the beautiful sunsets over the city. Austin is also known as the Capitol City, the Third Coast, the River City, the Silicon Hills and of course as the Live Music Capital of the World . There are so many unique things about Austin.
For those who love Austin Texas, residents and those who visit Austin alike, Austin is more than just a place. Austin is a state of mind.