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Google Maps Enables Virtual Visits to Austin and Texas Landmarks


Date: 5/3/2016 10:52:00 PM

From the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail to Mount Bonnell, Google Maps now provides a virtual view of some of Austin’s remarkable landmarks. Google Maps announced on Tuesday that more than 80 Texas landmarks are now live for people to explore online

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Walk through Austin’s favorite parks on Street View


Date: 5/3/2016 9:23:00 PM

The Street View Trekker is a wearable backpack with a camera system used to automatically collect images to create a 360 degree panorama, allowing you to walk along the paths of — for example — Lady Bird Lake, Mount Bonnell and Hamilton Pool

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Google launches new views of Houston parks


Date: 5/3/2016 2:42:00 PM

Austin sites mapped include the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, Hamilton Pool, McKinney Falls State Park, Mount Bonnell and Zilker Metropolitan Park. On view from El Paso are the Ron Coleman Trail at McKelligon Canyon, the El Paso Zoo, Hueco Tanks

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Paddling For a Good Cause: Lady Bird Lake Fundraiser Helps in Search for Missing Kids


Date: 5/1/2016 5:43:00 AM

Watching TWC News on the go is easy with the Time Warner Cable News app. Download it now for Android and iPhone. While soaking up the sun Saturday morning, kayakers and paddle boarders were also giving a helping hand to the National Center for Missing and

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Travel news: L.L.Bean tours; ‘Exorcist’ for Halloween; bathrooms with a view


Date: 4/30/2016 11:14:00 PM

Artsy bathrooms range from a restroom made from steel plates in a spiraling pattern along the Lady Bird Lake Trail in Austin, Texas, to a spaceship-shaped structure designed by architect I.M. Pei hovering above restrooms in a park outside the Museum of

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• River: Colorado River (Texas)
• Surface Area: 416 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 18 feet
Lady Bird Lake, an artificial lake on the Colorado River, stretches more than five miles through the south side of Austin in Travis County (centered at 30°15' N, 97°43' W). Named Town Lake, it was formed in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the city of Austin in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority. The surface area of the lake is 416 acres, and it is used primarily for flood control and recreation. Development near the lake has caused much outcry among those who believe that the area should be left as a "green belt" as originally planned. Located on the lake's shoreline are hotels and apartments, in addition to various civic and recreational buildings and parks, including the municipal auditorium and the Aqua Festival grounds. Auditorium Shores, a scenic part of the south riverbank, was designated a part of the city's beautification plans. The park features gardens, picnic grounds, and a hike and bike trail along the lake. After the death of former First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson, Austin changed the name from Town Lake to Lady Bird Lake in her honor.

"LADY BIRD LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed June 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on January 31, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Good bank access to Lady Bird Lake is available at Auditorium Shores and Festival Beach Park. Shoreline access is also available at Red Bud Island in the upper end of the reservoir near Tom Miller Dam. The Austin hike and bike trail circles almost the entire lower two thirds of the reservoir offering access to the bank. Unimproved boat ramps are located on the north shore at Festival Beach and behind the Holiday Inn Hotel west of I-35. One additional ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.


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