Arguendo and Dixi's Daily Austin Photo is a picture a day of whatever catches our eye in and around Austin, TX.
Arguendo and Dixi have been residents of Austin, TX for most of 20+ years. We have tons of pictures from our time spent here and continue to take pictures around town. Here we plan on showing a picture each day. We hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!
Please disregard this posting as it will only be here a short time. Our laptop hard drive died a sudden death earlier today so I'm testing out the email to post feature of Blogger as this may be my only way to post until we can replace the laptop. Let me know how it looks if you have a moment. Thanks.
And this picture is from the inside of Rudys Bar-B-Q on 360 near Barton Creek Mall.
July 6, 1869. The dams and Town Lake did not exist at this time, so the Colorado River was normally small as it ran through Austin and was commonly called a "stream". The month of July started with rains at short intervals causing the Colorado River to rise gradually. On the 6th, a flood came down the river in walls causing it to overflow at an alarming rate. According to Brown's Annals in the Austin History Center, "the mass of waters rushed down from the narrow and confined channel between the mountains above, to the wider one below, with such fearful velocity that the middle of the stream was higher than the sides, and the aspect it presented was appalling."
The flood of 1935 was one of three major floods to hit the area in the 1930's. Austin was hit with 22 inches of rain in three hours. Between 2,500 and 3,000 residents in East Austin (near present-day IH-35 and the river bank) were left virtually homeless after the waters receded. A Statesman article described the situation: "Sloppy silt was deposited to a depth of from six to 18 inches on the floors, over furniture, bed clothing and in fact everything that the glue-like mud could fasten itself upon, and only the most rugged articles of furniture could be salvaged."
"South Congress Avenue between Barton Springs Road and the Texas School for the Deaf was a crumpled mass of ruins, the street being littered with broken sewer lines torn from business buildings that once stood in the area, broken concrete, twisted water pipes, signs, trees, timbers, structural steel, a number of the new concrete lamp posts erected a month ago by the city and other debris. The street, the pride of Austin and of the state highway department presented a wretched scene." The Montopolis and Marble Falls bridges were also both destroyed.
Hatch chiles are in season right now. This past Saturday morning I stopped in to the local HEB. They had set up this to roast some Hatch Green Chile. I had never seen this done before and I wound up staying and watching for about 15 minutes. Later that day I stopped by Whole Foods and they were roasting some as well.