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Austin was first inhabited by multiple Native American tribes, with the first permanent settlement in 1835. The city is now the capital of Texas and a prominent cultural and economic center.

Austin's skyline is unique in that the city requires that the Texas State Capitol Building must be seen from various viewpoints throughout the city. This restricts the construction of numerous or tall buildings. The most unique structure is the Congress Avenue Bridge, which is home to the largest urban population of Mexican free-tailed bats.

Austin residents enjoy the eclectic atmosphere and hope to preserve it by adopting the unofficial slogan 'Keep Austin Weird'. New museums, like the Austin Museum of Digital Art, and new music venues open frequently.

The city's official nickname is 'The Live Music Capital of the World'. It boasts to have more music venues per capita than any other city in the U.S., with Sixth Street, formally Pecan Street, at its center. The street is famous for its many nightclubs, live music venues and festivals. They host well-known festivals like the Austin Film Festival, Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.



Austin City Limits Congress Avenue Bridge Texas State Capitol Building
Austin Museum of Digital Art