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Austin History Center

Capital History of Austin

In 1836, when Texas won its independence from Mexico, Austin did not yet exist except as a plot of land along the Colorado River known as Waterloo. The story of how it became the capital of Texas and an attractive place to live and work is intertwined with the stories of Texas's early days as a republic and later a new US state.

  • 1.

    Austin History Center

    Austin History Center

    Where Austin's stories are waiting for you to rediscover them.

  • 2.

    Texas State Capitol

    Texas State Capitol

    Like the US Capitol, but bigger.

  • 3.

    Texas Governor's Mansion

    Texas Governor's Mansion

    A stately home built for the leader of a new state.

  • 4.

    Congress Avenue

    Congress Avenue

    The Main Street of Texas.

  • 5.

    Symphony Square

    Symphony Square

    A unique old limestone urban amphiteater.

  • 6.

    Republic Square

    Republic Square

    Austin's oldest and newest community space.

  • 7.

    Capitol Visitors Center & Museum

    Capitol Visitors Center & Museum

    Learn about Texas history where it happened.

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