Category: Hidden Texas

Three Years Later


By Sheila Buenrostro, Lauren Giudice, Austin Powell

History of Mass Shootings in America

UT Tower

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 9.08.04 PM Charles Whitman, age 25, opened fire from the 28th floor of the UT Tower on August 1, 1966. Whitman injured 45 people and killed 14 others during his 90 minute shooting rampage, after which he was shot and killed by police. This became one of the first mass shootings to take place in the United States.

Columbine High School

Eric Harris, age 18, and Dylan Klebold, age 17, carried out one of the deadliest high school shootings in American history. On April 20, 1999, the two teenagers went to school armed with semiautomatic rifles, explosives, and pistols. Within 20 minutes they killed 13 people and injured 21 others as well as taking their own lives.

Virginia Tech

On Monday April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, age 23, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others during two separate attacks. The shootings took place at Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The first attack occurred at 7:15 in the morning leaving 2 pope shot and killed in a dormitory. The next attack happened more than 2 hours after the first and left 32 people dead, including the gunman.


UT Students Share Their Stories From The Day

Skylar Isdale

Jackie Kuenstler

Becca Cerk

Sergeant Bonnet

Austin in a Day

Austin LogoFBy: Batli Joselevitz, Lily Morris, Sheila Buenrostro


9:00 a.m. Austin Visitors Center

Start your trip to Austin at the Visitors Center to get  ideas of how to spend your day.

Address: 209 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: (512) 478-0098
Price: Free

10:30 a.m. Mount Bonnell & 360 Bridge

For the best view in town head over to Mount Bonnell. After walking up a long set of stairs, you will be standing at one of the highest vantage points, overlooking both Lake Austin and the Hill Country. After leaving there, make sure to take the scenic route to the next destination by taking the 360 Bridge, also known as the Pennybacker Bridge, only four miles away!

Address: 3800 Mt. Bonnell Rd., 78731 & 5300 N Capital of Texas Hwy Austin, TX 78730
Price: Free

11:30 a.m. Farmers Market

For a mid morning snack, make your way over to Highland Mall for the Barton Creek Farmers Market where you can find fresh food, music, and local artisans.

Address: 6001 Airport Blvd Austin, Texas 78752
Price: Free

1:00 p.m. Mexic-Arte Museum

Founded in 1984, the Mexic-Arte Museum is a great way to learn about the traditional and contemporary culture of Mexico and Latin America, which has been very prevalent in the state of Texas and Austin. The current exhibit “Creating La Muerte: Jose Guadalupe Posada 100th Anniversary,” is a must see!

Address: 419 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free admission on Sunday

2:00 p.m. Castle Hill

One of the defining characteristics of Austin is its art scene. Castle Hill is an outdoor blank canvas for local graffiti artists to display their talent. Plus, it makes a great background for an impromptu photo shoot.

Address: 1100 Baylor St, Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free

4:00 p.m. South Congress

One of Austin’s most well-known streets, South Congress, will provide you with an endless array of shopping, dining, live music, a killer view of Austin’s skyline. It is home to the infamous “i love you so much” wall, the perfect background for a picture with your loved ones. If you still have room for dessert make sure to check out Amy’s Ice Cream, we recommend Mexican Vanilla.

Address: 1600 S Congress Avenue, Austin Texas 78701
Price: Varies

6:30 p.m. South Congress Bridge

As the day comes to an end, head north towards the South Congress Bridge to watch thousands of bats emerge from beneath the bridge and into the sunset.

Address: 100 South Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
Price: Free

8:30 p.m. Downtown Austin

And finally, save the best for last! Hit up the town whether it be Stubbs for barbecue and live music, Dirty 6th, Rainey Street, or even a local coffee shop…everyone is guaranteed a good time in Austin, Texas.

Address: All Over

Price: Varies

THIRST: A Ghost of Trees Past

The THIRST art installation was installed around Lady Bird Lake to commemorate the 301 million trees lost in the 2011 Texas drought.

By Alsha Khan, Kelly Eisenbarger, Rachel Marino and Becca Wright

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