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  Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
 Decade: 1870-1879
 Year: 1876
Congress Avenue
Photograph of Congress Avenue, looking north from between 5th and 6th streets. 1853 Capitol building in view. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125108/
[Train at platform]
Photograph of a train at a platform. A man stands near it. Smoke billows from the smokestack. No other passengers are visible. Houses are visible on the left parallel to the rail line. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124059/
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