In 1839, the site was chosen to replace Houston as the capital of the Republic of Texas and was incorporated under the name "Waterloo".Shortly afterward, the name was changed to Austin in honor of Stephen F.
In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird", Even today, many Austin businesses use the term "Violet Crown" in their name.
On August 1, 1839, the first auction of 217 out of 306 lots total was held.
The grid plan Waller designed and surveyed now forms the basis of downtown Austin.
Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state.
The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin.