Austin, Texas

@RasmaSandra (16566)
Riga, Latvia
December 30, 2017 3:24pm CST
The first inhabitants of the area were the Tonkawa tribe and the Comanches and Lipan Apaches would travel through the area. Settlers came in the mid 18th century when the San Xavier missions set down along the San Gabriel River. In the early 1800s, Spanish forts were established. From 1835 – 1836 Texans fought for independence in the Texas Revolution. When Texas won it became an independent country on its own with a president, congress and monetary system. The Texas Congress started looking for a capital in 1839 and chose to name it for Stephen F. Austin. The investigated the area that was named Waterloo and changed its name to Austin. It became a crossroads for trade routes between Santa Fe and Galveston Bay. The city is also the site where the southern leg of the Chisholm Trail leads to the Colorado River. In September 1881 the public schools in Austin first held classes and that same year Tillotson Collegiate and Normal Institute opened their doors. The University of Texas dates from 1883. The state capitol building was completed in 1888 and was claimed to be the 7th largest building in the world. After the mid-1900s Austin became established as one of the major metropolitan centers in Texas and by the late 20th century the city emerged as an important high tech center for semiconductors and software. Austin came into the national music scene in the 1970s with artists like Willie Nelson and venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters. This is the place of the long-running TV program Austin City Limits and the annual South by the Southwest musical festival. Austin Today: • Austin is known for its bats. Between March and October, an estimated 1.5 million bats come out from under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge just before sunset. This is the largest bat colony in North America. • The Circuit of Americas is the only Formula One race track in the U.S. and has been host to the U.S. Grand Prix since 2012. • Actress Sandra Bullock owns the downtown restaurant Bess Bistro. Has anyone been to or lived in Austin? I found a photo of the bats under the bridge.
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@JudyEv (118732)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Before I started reading I was trying to work out what the photo was of. I'm not very keen on bats.
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@RasmaSandra (16566)
• Riga, Latvia
1 Jan
Yep, the entire underside of the bridge has bats hanging there. I would hate to walk under that bridge @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (118732)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Jan
@RasmaSandra They were in trees in Queensland when we were there for a very short visit and they made me very uneasy. I guess I'm just not used to them so I don't know their habits or what they are likely to do.
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@Kandae11 (35094)
30 Dec
Very interesting. I had no idea that Texas was an independent country at one time.
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@MALUSE (37898)
• Germany
1 Jan
I know that from Westerns. Criminals could escape jurisdiction by fleeing to Texas.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Jan
I want to go there for South by Southwest, a HUGE music festival.
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@JohnRoberts (52196)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Dec
I have been to Austin and visited the capitol, state museum and LBJ Library.
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@MALUSE (37898)
• Germany
30 Dec
Has anyone got a theory why bats like it there so much? I thought they preferred caves and old buildings and not open spaces like the one under the bridge.
@RasmaSandra (16566)
• Riga, Latvia
1 Jan
I have no idea but these are apparently a species of Mexican bats. I have discovered some other interesting facts about them so a post on them coming up @MALUSE