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When Austin REALLY, TRULY, FINALLY Became the Capital of Texas


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On February 19, 1846, authority of Texas was formally transferred from the republic to the state, and Austin was made the official capital. However, Austin’s status as capital would remain in doubt until 1872. That year, a statewide election was held, and Austin beat Houston and Waco to remain as the capital of Texas.  In an election held Nov. 5-8 that year, 63,377 Texans said that Austin should be the permanent seat of government. Houston got 35,143 votes while 12,776 citizens cast their ballot for Waco. There were a few votes for other cities like Bryan.

Shown here: Dedication Day at the new Texas state capitol building in Austin 16 years later, in 1888.

Photo courtesy the Briscoe Center for American History at UT-Austin

 

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