Austin History Quiz Answer 2 - Austin History Center

PICA 10690

[Waterloo Park Sign], circa 1970s, PICA 10690 detail

Austin History Quiz Answer 2

Where did the name "Waterloo" come from? Why was Austin called Waterloo?

Waterloo was the name of the very small community that existed near the confluence of the Colorado River and today's Shoal Creek before Austin was founded. It has been suggested that the name derives from the battle where Napoleon was defeated by the English, but there is no evidence to substantiate this.


Question 3
What's the origin of the term "City of the Violet Crown" referring to Austin? Did it really originate with O. Henry?

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