Whether you are new to Austin or even if you are a native Austinite, there may be a few things you don’t know about this amazing city. Here are 10 things you may find interesting about Austin.
- Over 145 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, Austin was completely underwater. That’s the reason why the “Austin Chalk” cliffs are made of crumbly whitish rock.
- New York City is only slightly larger than Austin. Austin, in landmass, occupies about 280 square miles.
- 70 percent of the population of Texas live within 200 miles of Austin – that’s nearly 12 million people.
- Austin may be the current state capital, but the following Texas cities were also the state capital at some point in history: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Houston.
- All the North / South running streets in downtown Austin are named for Texas rivers in the order they occur geographically from East to West. The streets are: Sabine, Red River, Neches, Trinity, San Jacinto, Brazos, Colorado, Lavaca, Guadalupe, San Antonio, Nueces and the Rio Grande.
- While Austin claims many famous musicians like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn, these iconic musicians are not from Austin. However, they have played frequently in Austin.
- Austin is indeed “The Live Music Capital of the World” – even “the King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley, played in Austin. He played Austin a total of five times and his last visit to Austin was a few months before his death.
- Sandra Bullock, the Oscar-winning actress, owns the downtown restaurant, Bess Bistro.
- The road with the highest speed limit in America is located between Austin and San Antonio. You can drive 85 miles per hour on a 40 mile stretch of road known as Texas State Highway 130.
- The “Don’t Mess with Texas” anti-littering campaign was born almost 30 years ago in Austin. Mike Blair and Tim McClure of GSD&M came up with the motto for the Texas Department of Transportation.
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