Austin – The growth of Waterloo
Austin is the capital city of the Texas state in United States. It is located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest.
The area that became Austin was settled in eighteen thirties on the banks of Colorado River. The pioneers named the village Waterloo. In eighteen hundred and thirty nine, Waterloo was chosen as the capital of Republic of Texas which was newly independent. The city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin who was known as father of Texas. The city grew throughout nineteenth century. It became the center for government and education with the construction of Texas State Capitol and university of Texas. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into major city in the nineteen eighties. Austin emerged as a center for technology and business. Austin is home to many companies which are high tech and otherwise. Whole Foods Market which is a fortune five hundred corporation is headquartered here. Apple, AMD, Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor, Google, IBM, Intel, Samsung and Texas Instruments have headquarters or prominent regional offices in Austin. Worldwide headquarters of Dell is located nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.
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Residents of Austin are known as ‘Austinities’. They consist of a diverse mix of government employees, foreign and domestic college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers and businesspeople. The city is home to development centers for many technology corporations. In nineteen hundred and nineties Austin adopted the nickname – “Silicon Hills”. However, currently Austin is officially promoted as “The Live Music Capital of the World”. It denotes the many musicians and live music venues within the area and the long running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. In the late nineteenth century, Austin also came to known as the city of the “Violet Crown” because of the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. Austin is also known as “clean air city” for the stringent no-smoking ordinances of the city applying to all public places and buildings and all restaurants.
There is evidence that Austin have been site of human habitation since at least nine thousand and two hundred BC. The earliest known habitants of the area lived during the late Pleistocene age and linked to Clovis culture. Austin sits by Colorado River. There are three artificial lakes within city limits. They are Lady Bird Lake , formerly known as Town Lake, Lake Austin and Lake Walter E. Long. In addition, the foot of Lake Travis is located within city limits. This includes Mansfield dam.