Austin is the inspiring capital of Texas. It is the county seat of Travis County. It is the second highest populated capital city and is the fastest growing city in the United States. Austin has flat land and rolling hills, as well as, lakes, rivers, and waterways, including being on the Colorado River.
Austin and surrounding areas have been inhabited since the Ice Age, around 9200 BC. Much later, the Tonkawa tribe inhabited the area. Comanches and Lipan Apaches were, also, in the area when Spanish colonists traveled the area. By the mid-eighteenth century the mission San Xavier settled along the Colorado River.
Texas became its own country after winning its independence from Mexico in 1836. Austin was named Waterloo at the time and was renamed Austin and chosen to be Texas’ new capital. Following some political disputes it was decided in 1845 that Texas would become part of the United States.
Austin has characteristics of multiple climates, however officially has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and long. Winters are mild and short. Spring and fall are warm and transitional. Precipitation falls throughout the year.
The University of Texas at Austin trains many future employees of Austin’s high technology and defense industries. Austin has been ranked highly for businesses and careers. The largest employers in Austin are the Austin Independent School District, the city of Austin, Dell, the United States federal government, and Freescale Semiconductor.
“Keep Austin Weird” is a local motto popular with residents. It supports local businesses. Adult residents have been noted for reading and contributing to blogs more than other metropolitan area. Old Austin celebrates Austin’s history. Austin is, also, known as the live music capital of the world. Annual cultural events include the O. Henry Pun-Off, Eeyore’s Birthday Party, Spamarama, and the Austin Reggae Festival. Austin has a strong theater following. There are several museums and other points of interest as well.
Sports and parks and recreation add to cycling and the walkability of Austin. Be inspired! Have a bright day!