5 Historical Things that Changed the City of Austin
Start writing a post

5 Historical Things that Changed  the City of Austin

Fascinating Memories from Austin's Past and Some Modern results

5 Historical Things that Changed  the City of Austin
Austin Bookmobile in the 50s

The Austin Public Library traveled the Austin neighborhoods to deliver books during the 1950's with a truck called "Bookmobile". Families gathered around in hopes to carry as many books as they could. In this picture you can see stacks of books in their hands.

From Book Trucks to Food Trucks

1950s Austin Public Library Bookmobile

Austin Library

Austin Library

Today, food trucks are on almost every corner of downtown Austin. Love them tacos but wouldn't it be nice to purchase a book at the same time?

From Mule-Drawn Streetcars to Pedicabs

Austin streetcars in 1940

Sure, you may see a horse carriage here and there in downtown Austin but mule-drawn streetcars we may never see again. Streetcars lasted just a short time before the trolley's arrived in 1891 and finally, Austin saw the last of the streetcars in 1940.

Today, we see a slew of pedicabs that will take you from one place to another and although they don't carry many people, they're certainly a fun ride.

The Servant Girl Annihilator Serial Killer

Hell Broke Loose


Prior to Jack the Ripper, the first known serial killer was in Austin, Texas in 1885. A madman or madmen attacked victims while asleep in their beds with the last murders ending on Christmas Eve. There were total of 8 known victims. Many men were arrested during this time and eyewitness accounts were reported but the killer(s) were never found.

It is believed that the Moonlight Towers of Austin were built for city safety; however, the towers were built 10 years later. Some towers still stand today and are famous landmarks.

Party at the Moontowner!

Zilker Park moonlight tower

Austin Short Film

Many of us are familiar with the quote "Party at the moon tower" from Dazed and Confused. A tower previously located at West Enfield Park was featured in the movie and although it is gone, Austin quickly became even more of a tourist town.

The Zilker Park moonlight tower was also used as the city's Christmas Tree for several years. Each Moonlight tower contains a historical plate by the Texas Historical Commission. Although they're not very fun to visit, it's still great to know.

From the Ritz to the Alamo Drafthouse

Austin Chronicle

The Ritz opened its doors in 1929 as the first movie theater in Austin for talkies. It operated until 1964 and reopened in the early 70's as an adult theater that didn't last long. The Ritz became a music venue with several different managers until 2007 when the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced the relocation from Colorado Street.

Unlike the Ritz of 1929 (see image closely), the Alamo Drafthouse serves food and alcohol and only prohibits talking and texting. Austin locals certainly appreciate

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Michigan Rain Vs. California Rain

Michigan rain vs. California rain (at Calvin College).

Michigan Rain Vs. California Rain

SO, I've just recently had the fortunate experience to be reminded just how Michigan rains. Now, before you roll your eyes at me, I HAVE EXPERIENCED RAIN (in regards of the the popular joke that Californians haven't). However, I have to agree; after experiencing one of Michigan's thunderstorms (with my college's sirens blaring in the background), it comes to mind just how different "rain" is between the two states:

Keep Reading...Show less

21 EDM Songs for a Non-EDM Listener

Ever wanted to check out EDM music, but didn't know where to start? Look no further! Start here.

21 EDM Songs for a Non-EDM Listener

If you have been following me for a long time, then you know I write about two main things: relateable articles and communication media based articles. Now, it is time for me to combine the two. For those of you that don't know, I am a radio DJ at IUP, and I DJ for a show called BPM (Beats Per Minute). It is an EDM, or electronic dance music, based show and I absolutely love it.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me

This one's for you, Spock.

6 Things Owning A Cat Has Taught Me
Liz Abere

Owning a pet can get difficult and expensive. Sometimes, their vet bills cost hundreds of dollars just for one visit. On top of that, pets also need food, a wee wee pad for a dog, a litter box with litter for a cat, toys, and treats. Besides having to spend hundreds of dollars on them, they provide a great companion and are almost always there when you need to talk to someone. For the past six years, I have been the proud owner of my purebred Bengal cat named Spock. Although he's only seven years and four months old, he's taught me so much. Here's a few of the things that he has taught me.

Keep Reading...Show less

Kinder Self - Eyes

You're Your Own Best Friend

Kinder Self - Eyes

It's fun to see all of the selfies on social media, they are everywhere. I see pictures with pouty lips, duck lips and pucker lips. I see smokey eyes, huge fake lashes and nicely done nose jobs, boob jobs and butt lifts. Women working out in spandex, tiny tops and flip flops. I see tight abs and firm butts, manicured nails and toes, up dos and flowing hair. "Wow", I think to myself," I could apply tons of make-up, spend an hour on my hair, pose all day and not look like that. Maybe I need a longer stick!"

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments