Start: Trail TWO
What could be a better starting point than Texas State Capitol? Starting from the heart of ATX, this trail will take you towards the northern part of the city and the beautiful campus of UT Austin. There are four spots on this trail and it shouldn't take more than an hour to complete it. But, hey, don't rush! We want you to have fun, so take your time.
Texas Capitol 1100 Congress Ave
Walk in the courtyard and locate the placard of "the Monuments of the Great Walk", next to the cannons. Read the placard. What year the 1852 Capitol was burnt?
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The Republic of Texas established Austin as the capital in 1839. Around 50 years later, the capitol building was in service. The magnificent building was built in 7 years.
Trivia: The Texas Capitol does stand 14.64 feet taller the nation's Capitol in Washington D.C. The U.S. Capitol measures 288 feet from the east front ground level to the top of the State of Freedom while the Texas Capitol stands 302.64 feet from the south front ground level to the tip of the star of the Goddess of Liberty. As you know, everything is bigger in Texas.
Check out the beautiful landscape and the gardens with historical sculptures before leaving the capitol. You will witness some of the historical milestones of Texas and United States while wandering around.
This one on the left is the African-American History Memorial, built in 2016.