history http://kut.org en This Downtown Austin Bridge Could Be Named A National Landmark http://kut.org/post/downtown-austin-bridge-could-be-named-national-landmark <p>An easy-to-miss bridge on W. Sixth Street could be added to the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/nr/">National Register of Historic Places</a>. The <a href="http://bridgehunter.com/tx/travis/west-sixth/">West Sixth Street Bridge </a>sits over Shoal Creek,&nbsp;<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/6igmW">between West Avenue and Wood Street</a>&nbsp;(<span style="line-height: 1.5;">near Hut's Hamburgers).&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was built by hand in 1887.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"It doesn't look like much when you go over it, and people use it all the time."&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joanna</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wolaver</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, executive director of the <a href="http://www.shoalcreekconservancy.org/">Shoal Creek Conservancy</a>. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But if you take a minute to walk down the dirt path to the Shoal Creek trail, it's just gorgeous."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Last Saturday, the <a href="http://www.thc.state.tx.us/sbrmeeting">Texas Historical Commission</a> approved <a href="http://www.thc.state.tx.us/public/upload/preserve/national_register/draft_nominations/Austin%2C%20Sixth%20Street%20Bridge%20NR%20SBR%20Draft.pdf">an application</a> to recommend nomination of the bridge to the National Register of Historic Places.&nbsp;The U.S. Parks Service will have the final say and&nbsp;could decide by the fall.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:43:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10461 at http://kut.org This Downtown Austin Bridge Could Be Named A National Landmark Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/presidents-gather-austin-spring-civil-rights-summit <p>The history and the current state of the civil rights struggle will be examined at a <a href="http://civilrightssummit.org" target="_blank">three-day summit</a> in Austin this spring. The conference will focus on President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legacy.</p><p>The Civil Rights Summit will be held April 8-10 at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" target="_blank">LBJ Presidential Library</a> – and will mark the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Johnson.</p><p>Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, says two former presidents have <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/speakers/" target="_blank">confirmed their attendance</a>: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush has not yet confirmed, and there is the possibility of President Barack Obama attending.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135280702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:20:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 9794 at http://kut.org Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit Interview: Pulitzer Prize Author Takes Close Look at Woodrow Wilson's Legacy http://kut.org/post/interview-pulitzer-prize-author-takes-close-look-woodrow-wilsons-legacy <p>One hundred years ago, a president took office who would set the course of the American century, end an era of isolationism, set the stage for the New Deal and eventually become one of the most controversial and fundamentally misunderstood figures ever to lead the nation.<br /> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 David Brown & Fauzeya Rahman 9060 at http://kut.org Interview: Pulitzer Prize Author Takes Close Look at Woodrow Wilson's Legacy