Austin – the Capital of Texas

Texas is the second-largest state by area in the USA and is located in the southern part of the nation. For more than a decade and a half Texas is ranked as the second most populated state in the country. Texas has a common boundary with the states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Also, the state shares an international border with Mexico and has a water boundary formed by the Gulf of Mexico.

Austin is the state capital, while Houston is the largest city. Other major urban centers include San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth. The state is divided into 254 counties – the largest number for any state in the US. The vastness of the state combined with the geographical variations bestows different parts with different climatic conditions.

The state is renowned world over for its cattle farming industry. However, petroleum and natural gas, banking and technology industries also have a noteworthy presence, with Tourism also being a significant contributor to the economy.

Austin is a musical hub with loads of entertainment and also home to the beautiful Lake Austin and the renowned University of Texas. Houston that houses Johnson Space Centre also holds the historic Herman Park covering 445 acres, with McGovern Lake, Lake Overlook, Hermann Park Japanese Garden, Houston Zoo, and Miller Outdoor Theatre among others in its premises. Corpus Christi is the coastal city with impressive beaches, recreational opportunities, and major state attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is where some of the most attractive and well-bred horses participate in racing. The city of Dallas draws several thousands of tourists on a pleasure trip and boasts of world-class accommodations and resorts.

What’s New at Texas Capital

As most of our members and regular visitors have noticed, we have taken somewhat of a hiatus from our regular site updates. With busy work schedules, and critical problems with our web hosting company we have not been able to provide the most up to date information on events, schedules, and the latest news from Texas. To alleviate this problem we have moved our website to a local web design firm which will provide us with better, faster service and provide us with the tools we need to keep everything running smoothly in the future. Moving to a new website host also provides us with the opportunity to construct our site the “right” way so that we can all take part in its growth and prosperity.

Because of the time involved in creating a solid and functional website, we will be providing you with new content as it becomes available. This means that we will be adding the fundamental links as they are completed (which should be complete before our next monthly meeting).

Thank you for your continuing support.

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Historically Texas has been deeply influenced by the Spanish and Mexican cultures. A large chunk of the population has Hispanic roots. The famous town of San Antonio and the city with Mexican flavors El Paso are big draws. The numerous small towns in the state also have a beauty and history of their own.

Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol, the fourth building to serve as the seat of Texas government, is situated in Austin. This magnificent building was built from 1882-88 under the direction of Lindsay Walker. It was opened to the public on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1888. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, the Texas State Capitol building is the largest of all the State Capitol buildings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1970 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The Building is known for its Renaissance Revival style architecture. In fact, it is a unique example of late 19th-century public architecture, characterized by round arches, classical orders, and asymmetrical composition.

The structural exterior of the State Capitol Building is made of ‘Texas Pink Granite’, which is now marketed with the name “sunset red” granite. The portraits of every past Texas Governor are displayed within the rotunda, which also serves as a ‘whispering gallery’. The lobby of the building features sculptures by Stephen F. Austin and Elisabet Ney of Sam Houston. The Texas State Capitol is nearly 15 ft (4.5 m) higher than the National Capitol and has more floor space than any other Capitol building. A major attraction on the grounds of the Capitol is the granite monument of the Ten Commandments, which became the center of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case, Van Orden v. Perry.

The Texas State Capitol Building sits on the highest point of the City of Austin. It offers a breathtaking view towards the Colorado River from its southern façade and anchors the northern periphery of the downtown commercial district. The main campus of The University of Texas at Austin is located just four blocks to the north. The Texas State Capitol Complex is in the heart of downtown Austin and has become a popular tourist attraction in the city. The main features of the Complex include the Capitol, the Capitol Extension, the Capitol Visitors Center, Visitor Parking facilities, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. The entire complex is managed by the State Preservation Board, which provides various amenities and facilities that both employees and visitors, whether on state business, observing the legislative process, visiting from the University of Texas campus, strolling the grounds, learning about Texas history, buying a unique gift, or simply enjoying the magnificent architecture of the complex buildings.

Address: 201 E 14th Street, Austin, TX 78701-1614
Telephone: (512) 463-5495
Hours: Mon – Fri, 7 AM – 10 PM; Sat & Sun, 9 AM – 8PM
Website: www.tspb.state.tx.us