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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Austin, Texas, USA.

19th century

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1873 map of Austin
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The Goddess of Liberty on the Texas State Capitol Grounds prior to installation on top of the capitol rotunda.
  • 1839
    • Austin designated capital of the Republic of Texas.
    • December 27: Austin incorporated.
  • 1840
    • Edwin Waller becomes first mayor.
    • Population: 856.
  • 1841
  • 1842 - Texas seat of government relocated from Austin to Houston.
  • 1845 - Austin becomes part of the new U.S. state of Texas.
  • 1846 - Texas seat of government relocated back to Austin from Houston.
  • 1850 - Population: 3,841.
  • 1854 - Swenson Building and Ziller Building constructed.
  • 1855
  • 1857 - General Land Office Building constructed.
  • 1859 - Buaas's Hall (assembly room) renovated.
  • 1860 - Wharton College opens.
  • 1871
    • Houston and Texas Central Railroad begins operating.
    • Democratic Statesman newspaper begins publication.
  • 1872
    • Connectional High School and Institute founded.
    • Penn's Circulating Library in business.
  • 1873 - Austin Library Association active.
  • 1874 - St. Mary's Academy founded.
  • 1875 - Austin City Railroad begins operating.
  • 1876 - International–Great Northern Railroad begins operating.
  • 1877
    • Stuart Female Seminary founded.
    • Tillotson College chartered.
  • 1878 - St. Edward's University founded.
  • 1881
  • 1884
    • Congregation Beth Israel synagogue established.
    • Servant Girl Annihilator murders begin (ending in 1885.)
  • 1885 - St. Edward's College established.
  • 1886
  • 1887 - Negro Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute opens.
  • 1888 - Texas State Capitol rebuilt.
  • 1894 - Heart's Ease Circle of King's Daughters (women's group) founded.
  • 1895 - Moonlight towers installed.

20th century

1900s-1940s

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Austin Dam failure
  • 1900
    • April: Austin Dam failure.
    • Samuel Huston College opens.
  • 1902 - Nixon-Clay College and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary established.
  • 1908 - Confederate Woman's Home opens.
  • 1910 - Congress Avenue Bridge rebuilt.
  • 1911 - Texas Fine Arts Association and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 205 established.
  • 1917 - University of Texas' School for Military Aeronautics opens.
  • 1918 - State Office Building constructed.
  • 1921 - Austin Civic Theatre founded.
  • 1926
    • Council-manager form of government effected.
    • University Airport in operation.
  • 1929 - Howson Community Center established.
  • 1930
    • Municipal Airport opens.
    • Population: 53,120.
  • 1933
    • Austin Public Library building opens.
    • State Highway Building constructed.
The Tower, University of Texas at Austin (ca 1980)
The Main Building of the University of Texas at Austin

1950s-1990s

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The Armadillo World Headquarters
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The Pennybacker Bridge
  • 1950 – Population: 132,459.
  • 1952 - Burnet Drive-In cinema opens.
  • 1953 - Young Men's Christian Association of Austin chartered.
  • 1956 - Ballet Academy founded.
  • 1958
    • Goodwill Industries of Central Texas established.
    • Town & Country Food Stores in business.
  • 1959 - Palmer Auditorium opens.
  • 1960 – Population: 186,545.
  • 1962 - Austin Aqua Festival begins.
  • 1963 - Jake Pickle becomes U.S. representative for Texas's 10th congressional district.
  • 1965
    • August 1: Texas tower shooting.
    • The Citizen newspaper in publication.
  • 1966 - August 1: Whitman shootings.
  • 1967
    • Vulcan Gas Company music venue active.
    • Fair Housing Ordinance established.
  • 1968
    • Crockett High School opens.
    • Sister city relationship established with Saltillo, Mexico.
  • 1970
    • Armadillo World Headquarters music venue active.
    • University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs established.
    • Population: 251,808.
  • 1971 - Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum dedicated.
  • 1973
    • Austin Community College and regional Austin Transportation Study established.
    • L.C. Anderson High School (Mesa Drive) and Aquarius cinema open.
  • 1975 - Austin Community Gardens created.
  • 1976 - Austin City Limits television music program begins national broadcast.
  • 1978 - Sister city relationship established with Maseru, Lesotho.
  • 1979
    • Austin Public Library new main branch building opens.
    • Austin Shambhala Center founded.
  • 1980
    • Whole Foods Market in business.
    • Population: 345,496.
  • 1981
      • Austin Chronicle and Austin Press newspapers begin publication.
    • Sister city relationship established with Lima, Peru.
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984 - St. Michael's Catholic Academy established.
  • 1985
    • Austin Film Society organized.
    • Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival begins.
  • 1986
    • Austin Lyric Opera founded.
    • Sister city relationship established with Taichung, Taiwan.
  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 1991 - Sister city relationship established with Koblenz, Germany.
  • 1992
  • 1993 - Sustainable Food Center and Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association chapter founded.
  • 1994
    • Um-Al-Mumeneen-Sayeda-Khadija Mosque built.
    • Goodwill Computer Museum founded.[1]
  • 1995
  • 1997 - Sister city relationship established with Xishuangbanna, China.
  • 1998 - Linh-Son Buddhist Temple established.
  • 1999
    • Austin–Bergstrom International Airport opens.
    • Dell Foundation and Foodways of Austin club established.

21st century

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The Frost Bank Tower
  • 2000
  • 2001 - Sister city relationship established with Gwangmyeong, South Korea.
  • 2002 - Texas Archive of the Moving Image headquartered in city.
  • 2003
  • 2005 - Austin Film Critics Association founded.
  • 2009
    • Texas Tribune headquartered in city.
    • Sister city relationship established with Antalya Kepez, Turkey.
  • 2010
    • Capital MetroRail begins operating.
    • Austin Bulldog begins publication.
    • Area of city: 297.90 square miles.
    • Population: city 790,390; megaregion 19,728,244.
  • 2011 - Sister city relationship established with Angers, France.
  • 2012 - Austin Food & Wine Alliance established.
  • 2013 - Population: 885,400.
  • 2014
    • November 28: Larry Steven McQuilliams, 49, fired at least 100 shots at several government buildings and a police station before dying of a gunshot wound.
    • Sister city relationship established with Hackney, London.
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