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Austin, the capital city of Texas, is located in central Texas on the Colorado River and is Texas’ fourth largest city. Austin is also the 14th most densely populated city in the US with a population of 790,390 inhabitants as of 2010. It hosts the head offices for Dell, Whole Foods Markets and two other Fortune 500 companies.
The area was first occupied in 1830 as a village along the Colorado River banks and was then named Waterloo. Texas gained independence in 1839 after the Texans won the revolution. Waterloo was then preferred to be the capital city and the name was later changed to Austin, taken from Stephen Austin commonly identified as a Texas father. The city expanded in the 19th century after the launching of civic expansion and beautification projects and became a central point for education as well as the government after the Texas state capitol was built together with the Texas University. The city then experienced a great depression that slowed its growth but it recovered in the 1980s and became a hub for commerce and technology. In the 20th century, Austin was recognized as one of the main metropolitan centers in Texas.
Austin has great tourists sites including the four artificial lakes within the city i.e. Lake Travis, Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and lastly Lake Walter Long which provide great venues for swimming, boat riding and other recreational activities. Another site in the city is Mount Bonnel, which is about 238m tall, naturally formed of limestone and overlooks Lake Austin. The city also has very modest and tall buildings that are to some extent spread out, with the Austonian being the tallest one. The city is lighted with artificial moons at night to light up the CBD of the city and has historical landmarks such as moonlight towers built in the 19th century.
The city has a wealthy culture to promote its diversity and hosts several annual music and film festivals and has great theaters as well as museums, parks and other recreational centers. The city has an airport and public transport is provided by the capital metro via buses. For your private needs you can use www.anycarhire.com to find out more about car hire in Austin.
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