A January 2007 trip
to Austin by zabelle
Quote: Austin can’t quite decide if it is a college town, the state capitol or the Live Music Capitol of the world. It’s all 3.
Austin is the capitol of the state of Texas. Austin’s population of just under 700,000 makes it the fourth largest city in Texas and the 16th largest in the US. Settled around 1835 it was originally named Waterloo. President of the Texas Republic Mirabeau Lamar was responsible for the new name, choosing to honor Stephen Austin who is called the father of Texas for his role in the colonization and independence of Texas. Austin became the official and final capitol of Texas after it was annexed by the United States in 1846.Our plans had been disrupted by the ice storm which closed down the city for several days in January 2007. When we finally arrived we found the streets slick and some stores and restaurants closed but luckily for us the places that topped our list were open.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum-located on the University of Texas- Austin Campus this Presidential Library is both entertaining and informative.
"I hope that visitors who come here will achieve a closer understanding of the presidency and that young people who come here will get a clearer comprehension of what this nation tried to do in an eventful period of it’s history." LBJ
The Library is administered by NARA and houses the entire collection of LBJ’s public career papers as well as close associates. These are used mostly by scholars but there is still plenty for the casual visitor to enjoy. The Museum has a waste amount of memorabilia from the Model T in the Lobby (it was a gift to LBJ from Henry Ford) to the Presidential limousine. There is a lot more to this consummate politician than I was ever aware of.Jack S. Blaton Museum of Art also located on the University of Texas Austin campus this museum is just a few blocks away from the LBJ Library and Museum. It is home to one of the finest collections of 14-18th century European art in the country. It also have extensive South American holdings and also modern works by American Artists. The building itself is striking and when the new building opens next year it will be the largest University Art Museum in the country.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2007
1220 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
South Congress Café
1600 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2007
2304 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703
+1 512 478 8645
Attraction | "Blanton Art Museum"
Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78701
French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St.
Austin, Texas 78702