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Things are always a little bit larger and better in Texas. Austin is home to a university so large it is considered the third largest landowner in the United States. That may be why Austin is said to be the brainiest city in the USA, boasting the nations highest rate of computer literacy, college degrees, and book publishing per capita. In addition to education, Austin is a regional center of government, manufacturing, commerce, and recreation. Its diversified economy is now based largely on high-technology industries. And because of its proximity to Mexico, the city has emerged as an important international trade center. Austin is also known as The Live Music Capital of the World for a variety of music styles. The area is served by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, four railroads, and a modern highway system. It is the capital city of Texas located in the south central section of the state on the Colorado River and the Balcones Escarpment. A city that has grown rapidly in recent years, its population is now more than 514,000, and its metropolitan population exceeds 1,000,000.

Notable points of interest are the Capitol Complex, location of the pink granite Texas State Capitol crowned with the Goddess of Liberty; The LBJ Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus; Texas Memorial Museum, housing impressive exhibits of the natural and social history of Texas; the home of the author O.Henry; the Zoo, Childrens Museum, and the national Wildlife Research Center. The citys many cultural attractions include the Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Ballet, Chamber Music Center, Paramount Theatre for Performing Arts, and Museum of Art. And the Bad Dog Comedy Theater. For outdoor recreation, there are the areas many caverns, springs, and legendary parks, including the 8-acre Zilker Park which is also location of the Nature Center.

The area was occupied originally by Native Americans, then by Franciscan missionaries before it was settled in 1838 by a small group of families who called it Waterloo. A year later the community was commissioned capital of the Republic of Texas by the republicís president, Sam Houston. At that time the city was incorporated and renamed for Stephen F. Austin, the acknowledged Father of Texas. Though the capital moved to Houston after a series of Indian raids, it returned in 1845. Following the arrival of the railroad in 1871 the town grew rapidly, and by the turn of the century had emerged as a major cosmopolitan city. In the 1880s the University of Texas was established.


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