Texas Capitol & Capitol Building, Austin

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1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 (512) 463-0063
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    Civil War Units From Texas

    by Basaic Updated Apr 20, 2016

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    There were a number of units from Texas that fought in the Civil War. Two of the most famous were The Texas Brigade (also known as "Hood's Brigade" or "General Hood's Texas Cavalry Boys") and the 8th Texas Cavalry (also known as "Terry's Texas Rangers). The Texas Brigade fought in every battle in Northern Virginia except Chancellorsville and of over 5000 soldiers in the brigade only about 600 made it to the end of the war. They had a reputation for being tough and not backing down. They were frequently given the tougher mission in battle. Terry's Texas Rangers fought in over 275 battles and were known as one of the most effective mounted units on either side during the war. There are monuments to both units on the Capitol Square.

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Other Monuments and Memorials on Capitol Square

    by Basaic Updated Apr 20, 2016

    There are several other monuments and memorials located on Capitol Square. Some of them include a nice monument dedicated to Tejanos (Texans of Mexican Descent) and their contributions to the culture and history of Texas, a memorial to firefighters who have died in the line of duty, a memorial to law enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty, a monument to Women Pioneers dedicated to the women past, present and future who contribute so much to the state of Texas, and a monument to children who represent the future.

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Remember the Alamo!

    by Basaic Written Apr 20, 2016

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    This impressive sight was sculpted to remember the brave men who died at the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The Alamo was places under siege by General Santa Ana of Mexico and approximately 1500 soldiers on 23 February 1836. There were about 100 Texians garrisoned in the fort slowly supplemented by some reinforcements. The siege lasted from the 23rd to 6 March 1836 when the Alamo fell. All defenders of the fort, estimated to be between 180 and 257 men, were killed, along with about 600 Mexican soldiers. This incident caused a lot of anger amongst the Texians and their ranks swelled with new recruits. The battle cry "Remember the Alamo" became common. This memorial honors the defenders of the Alamo.

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Texas State Capitol - FREE

    by Basaic Updated Apr 20, 2016

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    The Texas State Capitol Building is located in an area set aside in 1839 for the Capitol Square, that consists of 64 acres of well landscaped lawn, trees, and bushes punctuated with statues from the history of the state. The first capitol building was completed here in 1853. The cornerstone for the current building was laid on 2 March 1885, Texas Independence Day. The building was designed by Detroit architect Elijah E. Myers. Work was finally completed in February 1888. The Texas pink granite building is 566 feet tall. It is located on a hill and has a nice view of downtown Austin down Congress Street and the University of Texas to the north. The Texas State Capitol Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. FREE guided tours are offered 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, and 12 PM to 3:30 PM on Sunday.

    Address: 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Veterans Memorials on the Capitol Square

    by Basaic Written Apr 20, 2016

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    There are several memorials on the Capitol Square dedicated to veterans. A few of them I will give their own tip; but here are some of them. I always feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contribution to our freedom and our way of life. I was touched by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that honored the 3417 Texans who died during that war.

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Museum in the Texas State Capitol VC - FREE

    by Basaic Written Apr 20, 2016

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    There are several rooms inside the Texas State Capitol Visitors Center that house displays about various aspects of the culture and history of Austin and the state of Texas. They are definitely worth checking out while on the capitol grounds. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is FREE.

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: At 12th St. W.

    Phone: (512) 463-0063

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Texas Capital

    by apbeaches Updated Jun 18, 2015

    The Texas Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history."

    Sited on one of Austin's highest points, 22 acres, it anchors the downtown commercial district and commands a sweeping view towards the Colorado River. The main campus of The University of Texas at Austin is 4 blocks north. Wonderful views of the Capitol's dome from many vantage points throughout the Austin area are protected from obscuration by state law.

    Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol's style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition. The structural exterior walls are "sunset red" granite, quarried just 50 miles from the site. Additional structural support is provided by interior masonry walls and cast iron columns and wrought iron beams. The foundation is limestone.

    The Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

    In 1993, the $75 million underground Capitol Extension was completed to the north, doubling the square footage available to Capitol occupants and providing much improved functionality. In 1995, a comprehensive interior and exterior restoration of the original building was completed at a cost of approximately $98 million. Finally, in 1997, the park-like grounds surrounding the Capitol were given a much needed $8 million renovation and restoration.

    We went into the Capital Grille, gift shop and on a free tour of the building. There were 20 monuments on the grounds & many school groups discussing the history of Texas; I even learned about the 6 flags of Texas!

    Address: 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

    Directions: Downtown Austin, you can't miss the dome.

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    by bhencey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history," the Texas Capitol is an impressive example of late 19th century public architecture. The largest in gross square footage of all state capitols, it is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

    Address: Visitor Center - 112 East 11th Street

    Directions: Downtown area

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    Highest Capitol in US

    by pginer Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    I went with a tourist guide group to visit the Capitol and it was worth it. There are too many things to know about it and too many things happened here. I did not know that were the Spanish who took the caws and horses to Texas ...

    Address: Congress Avenue

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Capitol Building Visitor Center

    by msbrandysue Updated Sep 11, 2009

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    My first idea, when visiting the Capitol, was to visit the Visitors Center first as it was closest to the parking lot, but on Sundays it doesn't open until later. So, I discovered the Capitol Building first. Honestly, it doesn't really matter...

    The Capitol Visitors Center is more of a Texas History museum than anything else. They have different movies of Texas when it was becoming a (country first!) state. They have small rooms and areas but I didn't explore all of them because I'm pretty claustrophobic.

    They have lots of fun things for kids, though. Plenty of games and historical problem solving games. Check out the pictures and travelogue for details.

    The building is in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building. The three-story castle-like structure reflects the mid-19th century mock-medieval revival architectural style and is the oldest state office building in Texas.

    They also have a really cool traveler center where you can pick up hundreds of Texas travel brochures.

    Admission is free, and self-guided tour information and pamphlets are also available. Self-guided tour literature and pamphlets are also available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

    Capitol Visitors Center :

    Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm

    512.305.8400

    Capitol Visitors Center Giftshop:

    Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

    Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm

    512.305.8408

    Address: 112 East 11th Street

    Directions: southeast corner of the Capitol grounds

    Phone: 512.305.8400

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/CVC/home/home.html

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    The State Capitol Building(s)

    by msbrandysue Updated Aug 16, 2009

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    I didn't know if I wanted to visit the capitol on a Sunday afternoon but I found to like it very much. On a Sunday there weren't huge groups of people and many of the rooms were open to view. That's not bad for a National Historical Landmark.

    There is parking available for visitors. On Sunday there was plenty of parking and it was FREE (yeehaw). I just followed the signs as I arrived in the area. The signs show you where to park. You can also meter park on the street leading up to the Capitol Building.

    When I arrived I toured the outside statues first. There are many plaques commemorating soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War for the Confederacy. There is also a Volunteer Firefighters memorial.

    After getting some lovely pictures of the building I went inside the (huge) doors. Instantly I went through metal detectors (which always make me feel important). Then you walk into a grand hallway. As I was arriving a tour was starting. I listened to some great pieces of information, and having taught all the concepts in my classroom, I went about touring on my own. In the old Treasury Dept room you can find the self-guided tour guides. But you really don't need it. You'll find the Senate and House of Representatives rooms pretty easily.

    When you're in the middle of the general area make sure to look up at the beautifully designed dome. It really is spectacular. And you'll find many people in very funny positions trying to snap some photos. Some even lie on the floor on their backs to get the perfect shot.

    The gift shop is a bit confusing, though. You go down the elevators (or stairs) and then down a quiet hallway. Very strange if you ask me...

    Great field trip for kids, though, and you can talk a lot about government. Only downside was the Supreme Court was open.

    After touring the Capitol make sure to visit the Capitol Visitors Center on the grounds, towards the parking lot.

    BEST PART: FREE! I didn't spend a dime...until I got to the gift shop :)

    Texas Capitol & Extension

    Weekdays 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Hours are extended during legislative sessions.

    The Capitol Information and Guide Services is located in the restored Treasurer's Business Office on the first floor of the Capitol. Free Capitol tours are conducted daily beginning in the Capitol South Foyer and concluding in the Capitol Extension. This tour features the Capitol, Texas history, and the Texas legislature.

    Tours are generally 45 minutes in length and available during the following times:

    Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Sunday, Noon- 3:30 pm

    The Visitors Center , the Visitors Center Giftshop and the Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Easter

    Address: 201 E. 14th St.

    Phone: 512.463.5495

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Visit the State Capitol

    by butterfly_girl Written Feb 12, 2009

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    Free Capitol tours are conducted daily beginning in the Capitol South Foyer and concluding in the Capitol Extension.

    Tours are generally 45 minutes in length

    Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Sunday, Noon - 3:30 pm

    Have a great trip to Austin...if you need any other tips, just let me know.

    Cheers

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    The Capitol Building

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    When strollling through Austin, it's virtually impossible to miss the tall, imposing dome of the Capitol Building.

    Atop the dome rests a 16 foot tall Goddess of Liberty with a five pointed star in her hand (pic #4). This Renaissance Revival-style building was completed in 1888 and features a red granite exterior.

    Our footsteps echoed throughout the cavernous hallways as we toured the edifice. We noticed fine detailed carvings circling doorways, etched glass door panels and colorful marble floors, all adding a touch of elegance to our state capitol.

    An almost life-size portrait of Davy Crockett hangs in the rotunda, while sculptures of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin by Elizabeth Ney grace the entry.

    Each floor accessed by stairs or elevator rose towards the elaborate domed ceiling, which was highlighted by the star of Texas. Each level opened to view the dome above and Governor's gallery below, where portraits of Presidents of the Republic of Texas or Governors of the state were represented.

    A docent guided us to the state Senate (pic #2) and House of Representatives (pic #3) Chambers, noted by the gilded letters marking their chamber doors. Portraits of famous Texans, such as, LBJ and earlier leaders peer down from the walls of these historic rooms.

    We were impressed to learn that the original wood desks from the 1800's once used by the first State Senators are still being utilized with a few modifications: telephones, microphones and electronic voting buttons.

    A visitors center offered maps and information. Guided tours can be scheduled on Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-3:30 pm and Sun. noon-3:30 pm.except during legislative sessions and other events. There is no charge for admission.

    The Capitol gift shop provided several souvenirs to take home for our family and was stocked with all sorts of interesting items.

    Address: Congress and 11th Street

    Phone: 512-463-0063;512-305-8400

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    The Capitol Visitor's Center

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    What is now the Capitol Visitor's Center was once the General Land Office, the oldest state office building in Texas (1858-1918).

    In 1989 a massive renovation project restored the building to its 1880's appearance. Two main floors of the interior were restored to it's 19th century beauty. Its purpose is to 'educate visitors about the history of Texas (pic #2), the Captiol and the General Land Office".

    Inside you'll find a miniature replica of the Capitol Dome and surveyors transit (pic #3), to allow for viewing of the real thing directly outside of the window, where the Goddess of Liberty atop the dome can be seen more clearly.

    The O'Henry room gives tribute to the success of William Sydney Porter who once worked in the General Land Office. A 15 minute film detailing the story of the XIT ranch and how the Capitol came to be financed was interesting. A large collection of travel brochures are available, which will be helpful with future travel plans.

    Computers educate visitors on Texas facts and trivia, while land grants of well-known Texans can be examined and the kids can have some hands on fun embossing one of their own!

    My favorite part of the visitor's center was the Slave Narratives section, where oral history is shared via earphones by those who experienced slavery personally (pic #4). Photos accompany this exhibit.

    Visitor hours are Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 12Noon-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. New Year's Day and Easter.

    Address: 112 E. 11th St., Austin,Tx

    Phone: 512-305-8400

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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    Monuments at The Capitol Grounds

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    The Capitol Building sits on nearly twenty-two acres of grounds encircled by a sturdy iron fence. Within the fenced area sits many monuments commemorating historic events. (Please enlarge photo to see entire sculpture)

    As the expansive lawn and walkway spreads out before the Capitol, four of its oldest monuments can be seen:

    (pic #1) The Heroes of the Alamo by artist, J.S. Clark
    (pic #2) Volunteer Firemen by artist Pompeo Coppini
    (pic #3) Confederate Soldiers by FrankTeich
    (pic #4) Terry's Texas Rangers by Pompeo Coppini and Frank Teich

    A pretty fountain surrounded by flowers sits mid-way along the Great Walk, which leads to the main street, Congress Avenue. Benches and period lighting were reproduced to add an authentic flavor for the enjoyment of the public.

    Cannons from 1864-1865 punctuate the park-like setting, while immense trees, whose heavy branches kiss the ground, provide shade here and there, a respite from the heat.

    Address: Austin, Tx

    Directions: on the Capitol Grounds

    Website: http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/

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