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Austin, the capital of Texas, stands on the left bank of the Colorado River. The river here breaks through a range of hills upon which the city is built. On Capitol Hill stands the magnificent state capitol, built of Texas marble, at a cost of 3,000,000 acres of state land. From this point broad avenues extend north, south, east and west. Austin is an important railroad point, and the market center of a rich agricultural district. It is the seat of the University of Texas, endowed and maintained by legislative grants, with 71 instructors and an attendance of 1 ,000 students. Here are also located St. Edward's College, St. Mary's Academy, Tillotson College and other academies and seminaries; also the state asylums for the blind, insane, and deaf and dumb. Population, 29,860.