In 1869, A Great Flood Swept Through Austin And Changed The City Forever

When you think of Austin, you probably picture shimmering waters full of kayakers surrounded by shady hiking trails. The Colorado River has become the focal point of the city, and it’s hard to imagine it being anything but a place of peace and tranquility. But more than 100 years ago, it was a source of wild mayhem. In 1869, a great flood swept through Austin and changed the city forever.

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Austin has a rich history. These 10 then-and-now photos show just how much this city has changed.