Austin August 13, 2017
Some People Don’t Know That Austin Was The First To Do These 9 Things
Austinites are trailblazers, y’all. From our unabashed weirdness to our innovative tech scene, the people of Bat City are always looking for new ways to move forward. Take a look at these nine examples. Some people don’t know that Austin was the first city to do these amazing things.
1. Kickstart the cosmic cowboy movement
In the 1970s, with the help of Willie Nelson himself, Austin saw a cultural shift sweep through the city. Thanks to the Armadillo World Headquarters and all of Austin's local creatives, the cosmic cowboy scene took flight. Today, it's not uncommon to see artistic types rocking the Willie braids and playing a guitar along Barton Springs.
2. Print 3D images
In the 1986, UT grad student Carl Deckard and Mechanical engineering professor Joseph Beaman invented selective laser sintering -- the first kind of 3D printing. This process builds objects one layer at a time from a thin layer of powder.
3. Popularize the food trailer park
Sure, food trailers have been around since the chuckwagon days, but Austin has taken this mobile eatery to the next level. Behold: the food trailer park! In Austin, the food trucks are so good, guests come to them (not the other way around).
4. Sell organic groceries to the masses.
Whole Foods began its life as a humble storefront on North Lamar. Today, its headquarters takes up an entire city block.
5. Give us Dell Computers
Michael Dell started his tech venture as a pre-med student at The University of Texas. He began making PC upgrade kits in his dorm room, but soon sold his company for over $50,000. Today, Dell Computers sits in north Austin and is part of the city's booming tech culture.
6. Build the first F1 racetrack in America.
The Circuit of the Americas was the first racetrack built specifically for Formula One in the U.S. Located south of the city, this track hosts the Formula One United States Grand Prix and the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas.
7. Perfect the movie-going experience
The Alamo Drafthouse opened its doors in Austin in 1997 and has been delighting movie-goers ever since. With craft cocktails, movie themed menus, and lavish cinematic events, there's no other movie theater quite like this one.
8. Coin the slogan "Keep it Weird"
Other cities have adopted Austin's iconic saying and claimed it as their own (looking at you, Portland), but the truth of the matter is that Austin did it first. In 2000, a local radio listener called into KOOP and praised the show that "kept Austin weird." From there, bumper stickers were made, T-shirts were printed, and this slogan became the focal point of Austin's quirky way of life.
9. Create dozens of companies we know and love
South By Southwest takes Austin by storm every March, giving birth to a plethora of new ideas. Did you know that Twitter, Foursquare, and GroupMe all launched at SXSW?
Wow, it’s hard to believe that Austin created all of these things! What’s your favorite Austin invention?