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Discussion in 'Austin' started by driver_dude, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
    Austin was founded as an intentional community. The downtown streets were laid out on a grid and given names. They had a master plan: The street closest to the river was called Water Street. Then, there were streets named after trees, Pecan, Ash, etc., and the cross streets were named after Texas rivers, such as Red River, etc. They built a capitol building and named the main street Congress Avenue.

    Apparently, some young, fancy dressing, dapper French guy came along and insisted on calling one of the streets "Boy d Arch". Then later some other 1% guy on the city council decides it would be a good idea to re-name the streets - that's about time the town became a numbers game. Go figure.

    Quick Quiz:

    Name the Austin "ghost" street.
     
  2. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
    Hint: It's off Montopolis.
     
  3. Riverside...
     
  4. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
    Kasper Street, off Montop.

    This used to be a running joke at Roy's Taxi - a regular rider lived there and used to call every day. The old geezer dispatcher, probably to relieve boredom, used to make up names for streets to test the driver's knowledge. When he dispatched the call he would say: "159, pick up on the ghost street." A newbie had to try and figure it out or call the dispatcher for more instructions. It was a game he liked to play. LoL!
     
  5. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
  6. LTUber

    LTUber

    Location:
    CenTex
    Bois D'Arc was one of the tree names. In Texas, pronounced 'Bow Dark"
     
  7. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
    Thanks. Six flags. Go figure.
     
  8. Ed Burleson established the town we know as Austin, calling it "Waterloo"
    Edwin Waller laid out the actual design of the city, in the aforementioned grid pattern (a Roman defensive city design)

    Q: What secret society where Ed Burleson, Edwin Waller, SF Austin, Sam Houston, M. Lamar members of?
     
  9. driver_dude

    driver_dude

    Location:
    Austin
    A.F. & A.M.
     
  10. ATX 22

    ATX 22

    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Gotta be Masons.
     
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  11. One question I get from PAX from time to time,

    Where did the name Waterloo come from?

    Hint: Santa Anna was also a Freemason
     
  12. ATX 22

    ATX 22

    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Would it have anything to do with Santa Anna believing himself to be the Napoleon of the West?
     
  13. That is exactly what it is.

    Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. When Ed Burleson accepted Santa Anna's surrender, the cheers of the crowd were "Now you have your Napoleon; Now we have our Waterloo!"

    Ed Burleson moved to (what we now call) Austin two years later, and founded the town, "Waterloo"
     

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