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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Awesome Austin

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is a unique city that doesn’t take itself too seriously. After all, you can’t have a motto like "Keep Austin Weird" and be mentally buttoned-up. It's a laid-back place that's full of energy and proud of its weirdness.

Bragging that Austin is like no place else in Texas, offerings run the gamut. You'll find plenty of Texas barbecue, as well as a thriving art community, filmmakers, sports fanatics, nearly 200 live music venues and world-renowned festivals.

Come take a look at Austin.

The limestone hills and peridot-colored waters have always and continue to define Austin's legacy and charm. The original settlers, Tonkawa or Tickanwatic tribes called themselves "those most like humans " and followed deer and buffalo herds to the fertile land.

Spanish explorers first arrived in 1709 and the first Anglo colonists were brought to the area in 1821 by Stephen F. Austin, the city's namesake.

Today, you can kick back in a canoe and paddle away your stresses. If you like to walk, run or bike, the City of Austin has developed one of the finest trail systems in the nation. Sunny skies and mild climate make it possible to jog year-round in Austin and many joggers are regulars on the Town Lake Trail because of its visual beauty.

 

Time brought tremendous growth to the tiny settlement formerly known as Waterloo that had been carved out of the wilderness. The 1850s saw the first building boom and a second building boom occurred in the 1870s with the arrival of the railroad in 1871. 

 

 

In 1886, an impressive skyline began to take shape when cattle baron Col. Jesse Driskill opened the spectacular Driskill Hotel. Touted as "one of the finest hotels in the whole country," this Victorian structure remains one of the city's most distinctive landmarks.

The hotel figures prominently in the careers of both Presidents Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush. Mr. Johnson and Lady Bird shared their first date at the Driskill, and he also awaited results from the 1964 presidential election from the hotel. In 2000, then-Governor George W. Bush set up office at The Driskill while he awaited results from the contested election.

 

After winning independence from Mexico in 1836 and remaining an independent nation for a decade, Texas achieved statehood in 1845.

After a fire destroyed the original limestone Capitol, the current granite Capitol was built and, after seven years, opened in 1888. Built of distinctive Texas Sunset Red granite quarried in nearby Marble Falls, the $3.7 million building stood, then and now, as the largest of the country's statehouses. At 302 feet high, it stands 14 ˝ feet taller than the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

At the top of the dome here you can see the Goddess of Liberty holding her torch standing guard over the whole town. Texans are a feisty lot and don't take kindly to having their freedoms taken away!
 

Speaking of which, here's a bronze statue honoring Angelina Eberly who fought for Austin to remain the capital of Texas in 1842. Ya don't wanna mess with that woman. Uh-uh. No sir!

Apparently, in 1842 Texas was an independent nation and Austin was its capital. But Sam Houston, the president of the Republic, considered Austin vulnerable and not suitable for being the seat of government and waged an unsuccessful campaign to move it to Houston. As a last resort, Houston sent a military detachment to Austin to remove the government archives.

When Angelina Eberly, an innkeeper in town, discovered the men loading their wagons, she rushed to the corners of what is now 6th and Congress and fired the town canon. This blew a hole in the Land Office building but it also roused the populace. These citizens chased down Houston’s men, recovered the archives and gave them to Eberly for safekeeping. This statue honors a bold woman whose vigilance and short temper preserved Austin as the capital of Texas.

When we visited the Capitol Building, there is an old and torn flag of Texas that was flown during the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto that says: Come and take it. These folks take their life and liberty very close to heart.

 

The mid-1800s brought growth to Austin, as the population increased from 629 in 1850 to nearly 3,500 in 1860. From the beginning, Austin's population has been made up of a variety of immigrant groups. Germans, Swedes and Mexicans were most prominent in the early years. Tucked away along the outskirts of the Old Enfield neighborhood was Clarksville, a community settled in 1871 by Charles Clark. Clark, a freedman, and his family settled on two acres of land that became the nucleus of Austin's African-American community.

The Mexican influence became more prominent during the mid-1900s as large numbers of immigrants fled unrest during the Mexican Revolution. That community continued to grow rapidly during the last part of the 20th century. Hispanics now make up nearly 35% of Austin's population.

 

Only a few descendants of Clarksville's original residents still live in the Clarksville neighborhood today. The city's African-American community largely migrated east of downtown, and, from here, greatly influenced one of Austin's most bankable commodities. The early jazz and blues clubs that sprang up in the late 1920s, '30s and '40s birthed Austin's music scene.

The late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan professed to honing his unique talent in East Austin haunts such as Victory Grill. Austin now boasts the title of The Live Music Capital of the World and is made up of a diverse blend of cultures and lifestyles. It has a reputation for being an open, accepting city with the influences of minority communities felt in everything from the music and dining to architecture and art.

 

 

When we visited Austin, we were told to dive right in - whether it's the best barbeque, the coldest margaritas or cheese that will change the way you look at life. From fine dining to fusion cuisine to comfort food and delectable desserts whatever your palate craves, they supply!

 

Let's not forget their obvious senses of humor!

They say you can be yourself in Austin, and celebrate everything that makes you who you are. Here's a place where you can honor your heritage, embrace your uniqueness and show your 'weirdness'. You'll fit right in.

 

In years past we came here to Esther's Follies to watch live comedy featuring Chi Chi la Bamba. What a hoot! The circus theme decor belies how seriously the actors take their comedy. Their show is filled with magic, jokes and parodies. The back of the stage is a window that looks out on 6th street, which in itself provides plenty of impromptu content. An excellent diversion from the bar scene in Austin.

 

What could be more descriptive of Texas Cattle Country than Texas Barbecue? If you want to taste the best barbecue in Austin, go to The Iron Works Restaurant on River Street, and tell Charlotte we said hello!

 

Throughout its history, Austin has doubled in population every 20 years. The past two decades were no exception. With 657,000 people living within the city limits, Austin now ranks as the country's 16th largest city. The total metropolitan area includes 1.2 million.
 

Much of the city's most recent growth is a result of a technology boom. In 1967, Tracor Industries set up shop in far northwest Austin. Others soon followed—IBM, Texas Instruments, 3M, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices, Samsung, Dell. From buffalo chips to computer chips, the little trading post by the river has emerged as the focal point of the Silicon Hills.

 

For the past two decades, Austin has made history as a leader in both technology and creativity. The same entrepreneurial spirit that led 19-year-old Michael Dell to launch a Fortune 500 company from his University of Texas dorm room has also propelled Austin as a music and film center.

 

So it doesn't seem to matter who you are, where you have come from or what you are looking for, Austin,Texas has something of interest for everyone.

 

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.

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