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Remembering Austin

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Remembering Austin

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159 pagine
30 minuti
Pubblicato:
May 17, 2010
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9781618582843
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Nestled among the slopes of Central Texas Hill Country, Austin has grown from its frontier beginning to earn nationwide renown as a leader in arts, business, and government. Four wars and urban redevelopment have repeatedly altered the city’s landscape and culture. Through its changes, Austin has endured and prospered through the persistence and innovation of its civic leaders. With a selection of fine historic images from her bestselling book, Historic Photos of Austin, Marsia Hart Reese provides a valuable and revealing historical retrospective on the growth and development of Austin. This volume, Remembering Austin, captures the journey in still photography collected from the finest archives. The book follows life, government, education, and events spanning two centuries of Austin’s history. It captures unique and rare scenes as depicted in more than 100 historic photographs. Published in striking black-and-white, the images portray the events and people important to Austin’s history.
Pubblicato:
May 17, 2010
ISBN:
9781618582843
Formato:
Libro

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Austin

Marsia Hart Reese

The Post Office took ten years to build and was completed in 1880 at the corner of Pecan (Sixth) and Colorado streets. Also called the Federal Building because of its federal courtrooms, it was where the embezzlement trial of William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was held. That’s why it is now called O. Henry Hall. Next door (at right) was the splendid Hancock Opera House, which opened in 1896, and behind was the Masonic Temple.

Remembering

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Remembering Austin

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Copyright © 2010 Turner Publishing Company

All rights reserved.

This book or any part thereof may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2010902286

ISBN: 978-1-59652-612-9

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN 978-1-68442-240-1

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PREFACE

AN AUSPICIOUS LOCATION

(1838–1899)

ERA OF PROGRESS

(1900–1919)

ELATION AND DEPRESSION

(1920–1940)

WAR, PEACE, AND ACTIVISM

(1941–1969)

NOTES ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS

After the Austin Dam was built, creating Lake McDonald, Austinites and visitors enjoyed many a ride on the lake aboard the Ben Hur, a pleasure-cruise steamboat. For 50 cents, one could take a tour that lasted more than three hours, and dances were frequently held on the decks after sundown. The Ben Hur was literally grounded during the flood of 1900.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This volume, Remembering Austin, is the result of the cooperation and efforts of many individuals and organizations. It is with great thanks that we acknowledge the valuable contribution of the following for their generous support:

Austin History Center

Library of Congress

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

We would also like to thank the following individuals for their valuable contributions and assistance in making this work possible:

Marsia Hart Reese, Writer and Editor

John Anderson, Archives and Information Services, Texas State Library

PREFACE

Austin has thousands of historic photographs that reside in archives, both locally and nationally. This book began with the observation that, while those photographs are of great interest to many, they are not easily accessible. During a time when Austin is looking ahead and evaluating its future course, many people are asking, How do we treat the past? These decisions affect every aspect of the city—architecture, public spaces, commerce, and infrastructure—and these, in turn, affect the way that people live their lives. This book seeks to provide easy access to a valuable, objective look into the history of Austin.

The power of photographs is that they are less subjective than words in their treatment of history. Although the photographer can make subjective decisions regarding subject matter and how to capture and present it, photographs seldom interpret the past to the extent textual histories can. For this reason, photography is uniquely positioned to offer an original, untainted look at the past, allowing the viewer

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