The History of Austin
The Texas State Historical Association assembled at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin on March 2–4 for its 110th annual meeting. Austin is the capital of Texas, the county seat of Travis County, and the home of the University of Texas at Austin. It
is considered one of the most attractive locations in which to live in Texas, offering a favorable climate, a beautiful setting
along the Colorado River, extensive live music, and a concentration of high technology enterprises.
Austin was established by the Republic of Texas in 1839 to serve as its permanent capital, and was named after Stephen F.
Austin, a principal founder of Anglo-American Texas, who had died only three years earlier. Located on what was then the
outer frontier of Texas, the city had a difficult but fascinating early history. As we prepare for this year’s TSHA annual
meeting, it seems fitting to focus our 15th Texas History Quiz on the history of Austin and its important role in the development
As with our prior fourteen TSHA contests, this is an open-book quiz, and we encourage you to consult the Handbook of Texas Online, which has now received well over 75 million information requests since it was launched in 1999. We hope you also enjoy traveling
through our updated TSHA Digital Gateway to Texas History, which is responding to over 4 million requests per month from over 150 countries. We plan to continue to expand the Digital
Gateway over the next several years.
This quiz marks something of a departure from our usual practice: rather than making entrants wait several weeks before returning
to our site to view the correct answers, we’ve decided to forego the contest aspect of this quiz in favor of providing instant
feedback. Thus, while we won’t be offering a prize this time, you will be able to find out immediately whether or not your
answers are correct. We hope this will increase the usefulness and fun of the quiz, but rest assured that this is just an
experiment; if the “old way” seems better, we’ll return to it next time!
Mary Ludwig was the first to enter a perfect score in our most recent quiz, on Indians of Texas, for which we had more than
120 entries. Pierre Lagayette was also a winner, as his name was drawn at random from all those submitting perfect scores.
Congratulations to both!
We hope that you enjoy this quiz and that you will attend our annual meeting as well as the TSHA Gala and Auction of the Century on the evening of March 4, with the proceeds going principally to fund the next phase of our Digital Gateway. The evening
will honor five noted Texas history-makers of the last decade: Laura Bush, Roger Clemens, Horton Foote, Bill Hobby, and Clayton