Don Greene was sick and weak, dying of pancreatic cancer. But that late-winter morning four years ago, my long-time friend fairly vibrated and glowed with excitement, wonder and just plain joy. "You're not going to believe what we've seen on the bayou," gushed Greene. It was understood he spoke of H...
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Texas Historical Commission

“What the people want is very simple—they want an America as good as its promise.” - Barbara Jordan

We remember Barbara Jordan and the indelible impact of her l...eadership on Texan—and American—society with a video produced for our African Americans in Texas mobile tour:

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A reader asks of our Austin Answered project: "What was Dirty Sixth before it was Dirty Sixth?" It would take a small book to answer that question fairly. In fact, Dr. Allen Childs wrote one, "Sixth Street," for the Images of America series. We'll break down the most common...
Kenneth "Ken" Caswell, who managed the Austin Symphony from 1980 to 1998, has died. “The entire Austin Symphony family is saddened by the passing of former executive director, Ken Caswell," said Anthony Corroa. "Ken was a kind and gentle man. He led the administration of the orchestra with passion...

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Upcoming author appearances for "Indelible Austin 2" on the podcast "I Love You So Much" and on John Aielli show onKUTX.

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Taken from Michael Barnes columns in the Austin American-Statesman, Indelible Austin: Selected Histories explores the links between Old Austin and New Austin. It doesn't treat the city as a subject for nostalgia but rather brings real stories of its people, places, and culture into the present.

Best places to find "Indelible 1" and, in some cases, "Indelible 2."

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Alan Pogue

Taniguchi Garden Clean-Up Day is this Saturday ( but CANCELLED due to wetness), February 10 at 10 a.m. on. In preparation for the Lunar New Year we must clean u...p before the full moon has passed in order to ensure good fortune for the coming year. Isamu Taniguchi built the garden, he is seated in the 1990 photograph with his son Alan standing. Alan Taniguchi was dean of the U.T. architecture department. Isamu was planting the first tree in the Peace Grove at Zilker Park.

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Reader Sue Fawcett queried our Austin Answered project: "Whose idea was it to create ‘½’ streets, such as 38th ½ Street, instead of creating a different street name?” "I grew up in the Northeast, and never encountered a street designated as a ½ street," Fawcett continues. There are only a f...
Johnny Spinelli wasn’t the only one secretly recording on behalf of FBI.

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Dan Brooks is moving to Austin from Philadelphia next week. But before he got here, he wanted some reading material. “I like to know as much as possible
Two subjects galvanized this year's Angelina Eberly Luncheon, which benefits the Austin History Center Association, the nonprofit ally of the Austin History Center. One hot topic was the Driskill Hotel, traditional site of the always gratifying midday event. Leading the public chat about the venue's...
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Michael Barnes

HELP WITH A STORY: More than one reader asks: How did the ½ streets get their names? You, know, like 38½? I've always imagined it was because two subdivisions b...umped into one another and an extra street was formed. City archivist Mike Miller shares this partial insight: "I can’t find any document pointing to an answer. Nothing in old city codes. In looking at old maps and comparing to today, it looks like ½ numbers were used when a block or blocks bounded by numbered streets was resubdivided and a new street was made. For example, where 22 ½ now sits (bounded by Rio Grande and San Gabriel) was not a street in 1910 and that block was subdivided much differently then. Can’t say when it changed, but you could probably find that out searching through the plat maps on microfilm. I’m guessing if you checked other streets, you would find similar."

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Last year, our big profile of the Rosedale neighborhood lit up some athletic memories. "I knew and went to school with many from the Rosedale area in the ‘40s and ‘50s," writes John Watson of Johnson City. "The relatively newly arrived Little League had the North Austin Lions team make it to the...
Kids rush through the portals and hang from the windows.