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Old 07-09-2007, 10:44 AM
 
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Then there's MN, where I live. Our capitol used to be in our largest city, but 100 years ago another city overtook the capitol city's population. Wisely, they didn't move the capitol.
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:58 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I think this may be it, or because they don't want the capital city to be attacked. Houston use to be the capital of Texas, but they moved in to Austin (then Waterloo), because of Indian attacks in Houston or something like that.
Austin vs. Houston - a 3 decade battle
When the Congress of the Republic of Texas began considering sites for a permanent capital, Vice President Mirabeau Lamar pushed for Waterloo. He had visited the area during a buffalo hunt and found its beauty and natural resources quite impressive. General Sam Houston disapproved. He felt that it was too far from the coast and too close to Mexico, still a threat to the new Republic.

Despite protests, Waterloo, renamed Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, became - at least for the moment - the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839. The street plan first proposed by Edwin Waller (who later became Austin's first mayor) remains largely intact today for the area from 1st to 15th Streets.

In 1842 with Mexican troops once again invading Texas and capturing San Antonio, the seat of government was moved to Houston then to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Austin citizens protested and eventually the government moved back to Austin.

Texans voted in 1845 to join the United States of America and were admitted as the 28th state of the Union on December 29, 1845. Austin was again selected as the the seat of government, this time for a period of five years.

A state-wide election in 1850 selected Austin, once again, as the state capital - this time for a period of 20 years. Three years later the Old Stone Capitol building was completed on the site of the current Capitol complex.

Austin wins
In a state-wide election Austin won out over Houston and Waco to become the capital finally and permanently in 1872. Houston received 32% of the votes, Waco 11%.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: dayton
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the world may never know?
but all i know is that Columbus is the capital of Ohio and its the largest city
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Columbus was created to be Ohio's capital, chosen for its central location and location on navigable rivers; it only recently became Ohio's largest city via aggressive annexation.

Sometimes the reasons are common sense, sometimes they're political, sometimes you wonder if the capital's location wasn't chosen via dartboard after a couple dozen shots of bourbon.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Austin vs. Houston - a 3 decade battle
When the Congress of the Republic of Texas began considering sites for a permanent capital, Vice President Mirabeau Lamar pushed for Waterloo. He had visited the area during a buffalo hunt and found its beauty and natural resources quite impressive. General Sam Houston disapproved. He felt that it was too far from the coast and too close to Mexico, still a threat to the new Republic.

Despite protests, Waterloo, renamed Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, became - at least for the moment - the capital of the Republic of Texas in 1839. The street plan first proposed by Edwin Waller (who later became Austin's first mayor) remains largely intact today for the area from 1st to 15th Streets.

In 1842 with Mexican troops once again invading Texas and capturing San Antonio, the seat of government was moved to Houston then to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Austin citizens protested and eventually the government moved back to Austin.

Texans voted in 1845 to join the United States of America and were admitted as the 28th state of the Union on December 29, 1845. Austin was again selected as the the seat of government, this time for a period of five years.

A state-wide election in 1850 selected Austin, once again, as the state capital - this time for a period of 20 years. Three years later the Old Stone Capitol building was completed on the site of the current Capitol complex.

Austin wins
In a state-wide election Austin won out over Houston and Waco to become the capital finally and permanently in 1872. Houston received 32% of the votes, Waco 11%.
That would have been nice for Houston to have been the capital, but I don't believe Austin would have been as big as it is today if it weren't the capital. Of the top of my head right now, I can't think of any capitals on the coast.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I think the growth of UT is another reason why the city has grown, imo. But yeah, I don't think they would be close to where they are now. But you overlooked this part of the story.

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Waco 11%.
Thank God.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If Waco was the capital...I don't know what I would do...
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:58 PM
 
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Montpelier, VT is the smallest state capitol with just over 8,000 residents. Now that's small! I've always wondered what that town is like. Considering Vermont is a rural state with a population of most cities, I guess that's not a surprise.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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Montpelier, VT is the smallest state capitol with just over 8,000 residents. Now that's small! I've always wondered what that town is like. Considering Vermont is a rural state with a population of most cities, I guess that's not a surprise.
Check out Pierre, SD sometimes. Very strange to see a state capitol in the middle of a small town in the middle of nowhere. There not an interstate highways within miles of Pierre! (SD'ans, no offense. I love your state and I think Pierre is cool. )
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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The Capital of Louisiana used to be New Orleans, but it was moved to Baton Rouge to make it more accessible to those in the nothern part of the state. Since K Baton Rouge's population has significantly increased.
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