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Among Austin's points of interest are the State Capitol Building, constructed of Texas pink granite between 1882 and 1888, and the Governor's Mansion.


State Capitol Building
State Capitol Building
Governor's Mansion
Governor's Mansion


Several buildings reflect Austin's early architecture, including the


French Legation (1841)
The French Legation, the only building in Texas erected by a foreign government-charges a fee to enter the grounds but offers some nice views of downtown Austin. From IH 35 go east on 8th Street and take the first road to the left, which is Embassy Street. The entrance is to your left. As you leave the Embassy, continue north on Embassy Street, turn right onto 9th Street, and turn left at the next street, which is San Marcos. The Ebenezer Baptist Church, at the corner of San Marcos and 10th Street, also affords nice views of downtown Austin. As you leave Ebenezer Baptist Church, go east on 10th Street, turn right onto Waller Street, and continue until you reach 7th Street. Turn left there and continue to Huston-Tillotson College, which will be on your left about 3/4 of a mile down 7th Street. Turn left onto Chicon and enter the campus through the gate on the left. You will receive a great welcome from the guard, who can advise you where the best views are of downtown and east Austin from the campus area.

The Driskil

and the Driskill Hotel
In 1884, Colonel Jesse Driskill purchases the lot at the corner of Brazos and Pecan, later renamed 6th Street, for $7,500, He decided to build a luxurious grand hotel (The Driskill). The Driskill becomes the talk of the town. And in 1886, the Grand Opening of The Driskill is heralded as (One of the Finest Hotels in the Whole Country.) The entire cost is estimated at $400,000.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bats in Austin
Austin is home to the largest colony of urban bats in North America. Between April and September more than 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats congregate under the Congress Avenue Bridge in the city.

 Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

Natural landmarks in the region include Barton Springs, a spring-fed swimming hole that maintains a constant temperature of 68 F; Mount Bonnell, and Lake Austin. The city also has an extensive park system covering a total of about 21,000 acres.

Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin (1883), the largest branch of the University of Texas. Other educational institutions include Huston-Tillotson College (1875), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1902), St. Edward's University (1885), and Concordia University at Austin (1926).

Austin's cultural institutions include the
Elisabet Ney Museum
Elisabet Ney Museum
Once the home and workshop of the noted German-American sculptor; the home of O. Henry, which is now a museum housing many of the author's possessions
Texas Memorial Museum
Texas Memorial Museum
Laguna Gloria Art Museum
Laguna Gloria Art Museum
Paramount Theatre for Performing Arts
The Paramount Theatre for Performing Arts

Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
LBJ Library and Museum

The LBJ Library and Museum is one of ten presidential libraries across the country. The library houses 45 million pages of historical documents from the public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and his close associates, along with memorabilia of the 36th president of the United States. The museum provides year-round public viewing of its permanent and changing exhibits.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th United States president.
Our 36th President Lydon B. Johnson

Lydon B. Johnson served as vice president under John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. Johnson was sworn in as president minutes after Kennedy's death. He continued his successful domestic reforms after winning the 1964 presidential elections, but his leadership during the Vietnam War became unpopular, and he retired at the end of his term.


If you like the Arts and enjoy going to Museums,
want to do a little shopping, or even check out some hot spots while in Austin,
you want to take a look at this City Map Guide of the area.




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