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  Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
 Decade: 1880-1889
1887 Graduating class of Austin High School
Photograph of the 1887 graduating class of Austin High School. Front row (left to right): Pearl Caswell, Nannie Kelley, Florence Collins, Lucille James. Middle row (left to right): Eliza Mitchell, J. H. Bryant (professor), Minnie Sykes. Back row standing (left to right): unidentified woman, Mila Morris, Janie Maxwell, unidentified woman, Eve Sadler, Gertrude Whitis, Helen Grant, and William Gorden. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124190/
[Anderson High School students]
Photograph of Anderson High School students lined up outside the schoolhouse which is either at Olive and Curve Streets or at Pennsylvania Street (currently Kealing Middle school). This class is composed of mostly female African American students. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124574/
Athol Estes Porter Autograph book
Autograph album belonging to Athol Estes, includes 10-line two stanza poem. First letters of first five lines acrostically spell Athol (first letters of lines) and Estes (last letters of lines). Signed "W.S.P." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139322/
[Austin City Administration, 1881]
Photograph of Austin city administration: Standing L to R: J.W. Howard, Treasurer; C.D. Johns, Attorney; Ben Thompson, City Marshall; E.B. Connell, City Clerk; - Sitting L to R: Fred A. Sterzing, City Assessor; Mayor L.M. Crooker; Dr. R.H.L. Bibb, Physician. The city was incorporated in 1836 when Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar proposed that the state capital, then located in Houston, be moved to the area that sat just north of the Colorado River in the township then called Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the city was renamed in honor of Stephen F. Austin. 1881 was the year that Austin public schools first held classes, and the University of Texas opened its doors shortly afterwards in 1883. Austin continued to expand throughout the 1880s and late 19th century. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123860/
Ben Hur Steamboat
Photograph of the Ben Hur steamboat from the Lake Navigation Company. The decks are full of people and hills are visible in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124327/
"Big Foot Wallace"
Photograph of "Big Foot" Wallace (William Alexander Anderson Wallace, 1817-1899). The photograph is cabinet card format. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704006/
Birds Eye Map of Austin
Birds eye map of Austin showing downtown, the river, and the University of Texas main building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124693/
The Burning Capitol
View of the Capitol as it burns looking north from the corner of 11th and Congress. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125136/
[Cancelled Checks to W. S. Porter]
Cancelled checks written by Maddox Bros. & Anderson all made out to W. S. Porter. Some are endorsed on the back by Porter. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139283/
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of a close up view of the construction of the Capitol building. A man stands on top of a high wall while a few other men on scaffolding guide a pillar, attached to a crane, into place. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124106/
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of construction of the state capitol building. The main building is mostly complete while construction of the dome is just beginning. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124107/
Capitol Dedication
Parade south down Congress Avenue from the Capitol. Caption reads: "Chichasaw Guard from Murpheesburo, Tenn." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125135/
Capitol under construction
Photograph of the construction site for the current Capitol building, constructed 1881-1888. View is from the Travis County Courthouse located on 11th Street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125106/
[Cavalry Troops Marching in Texas Capitol Building Dedication Parade]
Photograph of the parade for the dedication of the Texas State Capitol building. This particular photograph features cavalry troops (Interstate drill) marching down Congress Avenue. Crowds of spectators are standing watching on either side of the street. Many flags are on display. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124468/
[Cliffs at Marble Falls]
Photograph of a cliff of flat, layered rock, with small trees growing on its side and top. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Marble Falls, Llano County, Texas 1884, South side up to Honeymoon." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704008/
Colorado River Near Marble Falls
Photograph of the Colorado River near Marble Falls. The river cuts between two hills, with the photograph being taken from one of them. A note on the back indicates the photo was taken from a bridge at Marble Falls. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704190/
[Construction of Capitol Dome]
Photograph of the unfinished Capitol dome. Scaffolding is in place and the stonework for the base of the dome is complete. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124243/
[Construction of the Capitol Building]
Photograph of the construction of the State Capitol Building, looking at the east side of the building. The base of the building is largely complete and scaffolding is in place to build the dome. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124242/
Convict Laborers Shaping Columns
Photograph of "Convict laborers shaping columns and loading flat cars near a Marble Falls,Texas quarry." The stones were used for construction of the Texas state Capitol building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124103/
[Correspondence from E.M. Pease to President Rutherford B. Hayes]
A draft of a letter from E.M. Pease to President Rutherford B. Hayes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth712619/
Cutstone yard, Burnet, Texas
View of the cut stone yard in Burnet, Texas. The stones were used to construct the Texas state Capitol building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124105/
Downtown Austin
Photograph of downtown Austin with Capitol under construction. Caption reads, "Birdseye view of Austin, Texas taken from School for Deaf showing the Capitol Bldg under construction. Note that west wing of main bldg of University was only partly built at that time." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125112/
D.E. Hall School of Domestic Economy
Photograph of a group of women sitting out front of the D.E. Hall of Domestic Economy. These women were associated with the Young Women's Christian Association as indicated by notes on the back of the photograph. Stamped on one of the boards of the school is [CALC]ASIEU LUMBER referring to Calcasieu Lumber Company which was established in Austin,Texas in the early 1880s. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124179/
[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]
Autograph album belonging to Effie Roach Hofer. It includes page a 10-line verse poem entitled "Poetry," with drawing of fiddle and pointing finger and hand, signed "W.S. Porter/Secretary Jolly Brothers." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139323/
[Exterior of Driskill Hotel]
Photograph of a northwest view of the exterior corner of the Driskill Hotel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124044/
[Exterior of Driskill Hotel]
Photograph of a corner view of the Driskill Hotel taken from the southeast corner of 6th Sreet and Brazos. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124043/
Fritz Reichmann
Photograph of a uniformed individual named by the name of Fritz Reichmann. He wears a uniform and his hat says, "Recorder." Inscription on the back reads "Fritz Reichmann, killed at San Jacinto at 16th jumping out of a buggy." Photograph is cabinet card format. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704102/
[Front exterior of Governor's Mansion]
Photograph of exterior front of Texas Governor's Mansion. The columns are dark, and the grounds are a bit unkempt and the windows shuttered. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1886 was Governor John Ireland. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124117/
[Front exterior of Governor's Mansion]
Photograph of exterior front of Texas Governor's Mansion. The columns are dark, and the grounds are a bit unkempt and the windows shuttered. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1886 was Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124118/
Georgetown, Texas
Photograph of the town square of Georgetown, taken from the east side of an upper story on the courthouse. Signs on buildings are visible for C.A.D. Clamp, W. Patrick, and Pebworth's Barber Shop. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704147/
Goddess of Liberty with Workers
Capitol construction crews surrounding the Goddess of Liberty statue that was later placed on top of the Capitol dome. Right side, back row, fifth from right with mustache is identified as Hans Falkenberg. This original iteration of the Goddess was taken down during restoration of the Capitol in 1985, restored and eventually put on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125154/
Governor's Mansion
Photograph of the Texas Governor's Mansion in 1882 when it was first occupied. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124115/
Governor's Mansion, Austin
Photograph of the Texas Governor's Mansion from the southeast showing dark columns, white picket fence out front, and wild grounds. Windows on the south side and front upper porch of the mansion are shuttered. Photographed from behind the white picket fence, which is visible in the immediate right foreground. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1880 was Governor Oran M. Roberts. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124469/
[Granite for the Capitol]
Photograph of people and horses gathered around a deposit of granite. The granite is cut into progressively smaller blocks from its original mass. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Granite Mountain about 1884. This mountain of granite supplied 50,000 tons of granite for the Texas State Capitol at Austin and about 450,000 tons to Galveston for the sea wall and jetties." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704131/
Granite Mountain
Photograph of two men in a hilly landscape, with a moving train in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Granite Mountain near Marble Falls, Texas 1882, A&NW [Austin and Northwest] Narrow Gauge R.R." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth703957/
[Hilly Landscape]
Photograph of a rocky, hilly landscape, possibly near Marble Falls. A picket fence is built along the edge of a small cliff to the right, and a horse-drawn carriage is visible in the distance, slightly to the left of the center of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704064/
Jack County Courthouse
Photograph of the Jack County Courthouse in Jacksboro, Texas. Three groups of men are seen in this picture. The largest group is on the ground, standing and on horseback, in front of the courthouse, another is standing on an arch above a door and outside a window, and the last group is on a balcony at the clock tower. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth703955/
[Letter from O. Henry to Belle Palm]
Letter detailing programme for a musical event to be held on October 1, 1886, in which Belle Palm is on the program and O. Henry is the Musical Director. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth139270/
Manor, Texas
Street scene of Manor, Texas with horse-drawn carts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125175/
Manor, Texas
Street scene of Manor, Texas with horse-drawn carts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth125174/
[Marble Falls]
Photograph of the town of Marble Falls. Two dirt roads lead into the town. Several buildings are visible in the distance, with hills covering the horizon. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Marble Falls [...] Hotel, Chalk Hotel, [...] Stone, Kingsland ? Antlers Hotel, From Project Saloon, Pare Hotel." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704120/
[Marble Falls]
Photograph of a small town by a river, taken from the other side of the water. Small buildings are visible to the left, and men and horses are visible in various locations in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth703933/
[Marble Falls]
Photograph of a small town (possibly Marble Falls) by a river, taken from the other side of the water. Small, wooden buildings are visible just past the bank. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704031/
Marble Falls, Texas
Photograph of a river at Marble Falls. This vantage point captures the part of the falls where the calm, reflective water meets with the rocks. A note on the back indicates "Harry Roper's mill on west bank." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth704007/
Marble Falls, Texas
Photograph of the river at Marble Falls. Water flows down the shelves of sedimentary rock. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Roper Mill - at Marble Falls", probably referring to the small building in the distance, slightly to the left of the center of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth703967/
Marble Falls, Texas
Photograph of Marble Falls. A narrow river flows through shelves of rock. Two small buildings are visible in the top left corner of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth703985/
Miss Flora McFlimsy
Poetry published by Mrs. E.C. Kent, inspired by her memories of the series on "Miss Flora McFlimsy" published in Harper's Monthly. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34957/
Morrison & Fourmy's General Directory of the City of Austin, 1885-86
General directory for Austin, Texas includes address listings for businesses and individuals as well as advertisements from local businesses. According to the title page, the directory contains "the present state, county and city governments; a complete list of all county officials, post offices, telegraph, express, and money order offices in Texas; also, an index of societies, associations, corporations, churches, educational institutes, the full name and address of all residents, their occupations or pursuits, and a Complete Classified Business Directory. Also, a Valuable Map of the City." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46837/
Morrison & Fourmy's General Directory of the City of Austin for 1881-1882
"Containing the present state, county and city governments, and a complete list of all county officials, post offices and money order offices in Texas; also, an index of societies, associations, churches, corporations, educational institutes, the full name and address of all residents, their occupations or pursuits and a complete classified business directory." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39151/
Morrison & Fourmy's General Directory of the City of Austin for 1889-1890
"Containing the present state, county, and city governments, and a complete list of all county officials, post offices and money order offices in Texas; also, an index of societies, associations, churches, corporations, educational institutes, the full name and address of all residents, their occupations or pursuits, and a complete classified business directory." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39150/
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