We spent Christmas in Austin visiting family. Here’s our Austin trivia quiz. Fill in the blanks. Answers are at the bottom of each picture. Keep track of how many you get right. Leave a response and post your score. Winners (and losers) get a beer next time we see you.
1. First, an easy one: _____ was governor of Texas from _____ to _____ (years).
2. These _____ are native to _____ (continent) and are descendants of pet birds released in Austin. During the ______ (decade) they established self-sustaining colonies and now Austin has many of them living in town.
3. _____ is Austin’s premier outdoor swimming pool. The pool is part natural riverbed, part concrete and dam, and is fed by a natural spring with a year-round temperature of about _____ degrees. The spring’s average flow averages _____ million gallons/day.
4. David G. Burnet served briefly as ad-interim president of the Republic of Texas in 1936. He holds a striking resemblance to_____. Staff members noted that he “grumbled ungraciously, was hard to please, and spent all his time giving orders and collecting _____.”
5. This tree, found throughout the south, is known as a _____ because _____.
6. Although hideous at dancing the Texas two-step, Larry and Moby excelled at Austin’s three-step back-in parking. The city went to this parking system in _____ (year) in order to increase parking capacity along _____ (famous Austin street).
7. The Shipe House was built in 1892 in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, site of the old state _____. Wood from the _____ was used in the home’s construction.
9. The _____ is a famous BBQ place about 30 miles southwest of Austin and encourages customers to BYOB because _____.
10. _____ was governor of Texas from 1963-1969. He is also known because he _____.
11. Another easy one: Austin is know for its _____. Larry sampled as many as he could. This one is manned by daughter Katie’s boyfriend, Nick.
12. William Sidney Porter, whose pen name was _____, moved to Austin in 1884 when he was 22. He worked for the First National Bank of Austin where he was accused of _____. Rather than stand trial, he fled to Honduras where he coined the term _____.
13. The Texas state capitol displays the seals of six countries that–at one time–had sovereignty over Texas. The six countries are __, __, __, __, __, and __.
The six countries are:
- Spain (1519-1685 and 1690-1821) Above center.
- France (1685-1690)
- Mexico (1821-1836) Above left.
- The Republic of Texas (1836=1845)
- The Confederate States of America (1861-1865)
- The United States (1845-1861 and 1865-present) Above right.
14. Austin is famous for its _____.
15. _____, one of Larry’s favorite plants loves the parks and waterways of Austin. According to the city of Austin, urushiol oil can remain on plants for _____ years after they die.
16. The Frost building in downtown Austin is reputed to look like an _____. Urban legend holds that the architects of the building were graduates of University of Texas’s rival, _____ University, whose mascot is said to resemble this building.
17. _____ (name of bridge) is home to about 750,000 nesting female _____ that migrate here to give birth each summer. It’s the largest urban colony of these in North America. Watching these is a favorite Austin summertime event.
18. These are home to _____ , which are native to Austin but winter in _____.
19. The so-called _____ plant is really an _____. It blooms every _____ to _____ years and then dies. Flower stalks can reach 15 feet.
Got them all right, thanks to the handy captions. Genius!
Not sure I got any right…maybe a few?! Still was a great lesson and fun to read! Thanks! Looking forward to sharing that drink once you get over to our neck of the waters 🙂
Hey! It left me Anonymous!
I got a 74, including the self-appointed Extra Credit. Which I still give even though RSD forbids it. What’re they gonna do? FIRE me?!?
And Vermont has BYOB service as well, FYI
I really bombed the triva test. How embarrasing not to know vital information about an area that is poised to succeed and become a new nation!
We had a huge agave that flowered and died. It was amazing! Like Jack and the Beanstalk. Nice turtles in that Barton Springs, too! I like Austin. Sounds like you did, too!
Above comment from Gary Erdahl!
I believe Hays county used to be dry and the Salt lick never changed. You can bring in your own cooler however! Been there twice, want to go back.
Proud to say that I answered only 1 & 1/2 correctly–Connally and O. Henry. Why would I want to know anything about Texas except that I never want to go there?!!! Hope you enjoy your visit in the red state though. The food is probably pretty interesting and there’s always the Bush (so-called) Library. Take care and Happy New Year to you and Moby.
That Library probably has no books other than the Dick and Jane series, which is because they think it is about how Cheney has put Fonda in her place..
I went to OSU, I could only answer beer related questions. One quick add, if you haven’t already left. Go to the bike shop of Austin’s disgraced favorite son. Ask why they call the shop Mellow Johnny’s and why some refer to him as Juan Pelota. kinda funny. have fun guys be safe.
Janene & Larry – you out-did yourselves on this one! A great read. Enjoy Hot Springs State Park on the way home.