Originally named Waterloo, the city was renamed in 1839 after Texas founder Stephen F. Austin. It was immediately declared the capital of the Republic of Texas. Unlike other cities in Texas, voters in Austin voted against secession at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1883, the University of Texas was established in Austin. The university is the 5th largest in America.
Today, Austin is the 11th largest city in America, the second largest capital city in America, and the fourth largest city in Texas. It is a world center of computer and technology development. It serves as the world headquarters of Dell Computers as well as Whole Foods markets. Austin is also a hub for music, film, multimedia, education and the eclectic individuals involved. Residents of Austin call themselves "Austinites." One of the city’s slogans is "Keep Austin Weird".
Austin is also famous for its population of Mexican free-tailed bats. Every year, over one million bats take residence under the Anne W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge to roost and raise their young. Every summer evening, the bats emerge from the bridge to search for insects in hordes of tens of thousands. The spectacle draws thousands of visitors.
Here, students can learn all about Texas cities, landmarks, and landforms, simply by clicking on the map. Lots of interactive activities and printouts as well. Perfect for reports or research projects.