The gateway to the American West. Home to cosmic cowboys and pit bosses, Silicon Hills and Barton Springs. It’s a place famous for the offbeat, the wide-open, a frontier disregard for the norm. Far more than weird, its sense of possibility feels a part of the limestone strata, cut long before taglines and tee shirts. You feel this independent vibe everywhere, from taco trailers to neon shops to live music every night of the year. As hotelier Liz Lambert says, “If you grow up in Texas, and you’re a little different, all roads lead to Austin.”
Table of Contents:
Hotels picks, annual calendar, city stats and more
A curated list of burgers, biergartens, cycling routes, river floats, boot-making, bat conservation and more
Timelines, how-to’s, newspaper clippings, lineups, letters, poems and other historical hearsay
Hand-illustrated maps of swimming holes, dive bars, the movies, live music, trailer tacos and the bright ideas
Conversations about swimming, old motels, running a restaurant, exploring the Texas myth and more
Stories about a musical legend, natural springs, the city’s darkest day and the city’s evolution
Illustrations - Chris Bilheimer
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