A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 23, 2011
Austinite (inhabitant of Austin)

"Austinite” is the name of an inhabitant of Austin, Texas. The name “Austinite” has been cited in print since at least 1849.


Wikipedia: Demonym
Austin → Austinite

Wikipedia: Austin, Texas
Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 14th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin has a population of 799,446 (2011 U.S. Census). The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, which has a population of over 1,896,291 (2011 U.S. Census), making it the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The area was settled in the 1830s on the banks of the Colorado River by pioneers who named the village Waterloo. In 1839, Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas. The city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas. The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into a major city in the 1980s and emerged as a center for technology and business. Austin is home to many companies, high-tech and otherwise: Fortune 500 corporations Freescale Semiconductor, Forestar Group, and Whole Foods Market, are headquartered there; AMD, Apple, Broadcom, Google, IBM, Intel, Qualcomm, ShoreTel, Synopsys and Texas Instruments have prominent regional offices there. Also Dell’s Worldwide Headquarters is located in nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.

Residents of Austin are known as “Austinites”. They include a diverse mix of government employees (e.g., university faculty & staff, law enforcement, political staffers); foreign and domestic college students; musicians; high-tech workers; blue-collar workers and businesspeople.

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Aus·tin geographical name \ˈȯs-tən, ˈäs-\
Definition of AUSTIN
1city S Minnesota pop 23,314
2city ∗ of Texas on the Colorado pop 656,562
Aus·tin·ite \-tə-ˌnīt\ noun

The Portal to Texas History
7 July 1849, The Northern Standard (Clarksville, TX), pg. 2, col. 4:
The Westerner intimates that the Governor is feeding the Austinites on soft corn, and pretending to favor the mountain city for the seat of Government, ...

16 June 1871, San Antonio (TX) Daily Express, “The Railroad Meeting,” pg. 2, col. 2:
...he then by reference to the map showed the danger we were in from our rival, Austin, which was straining every nerve to become the future railroad center of Texas, that the Austinites, although only one-third of our number, were wide awake and united; ...

10 August 1872, Pomeroy’s Democrat, (Chicago, IL). pg. 1, col. 5:
Capital Question in Texas.
The people of Texas will be called upon, at the next general election, to decide whether Austin shall remain the capital of the State. It is claimed by the Austinites that no cite could be selected equalling in beauty and other reuirements the location of the present capital.

OCLC WorldCat record
Housing low-income Austinites : new roles for the Austin Housing Authority in meeting changing needs and new community demands : a report
Author: State and Local Housing Policy Research Project.; Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Publisher: Austin, Tex. : LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin, 1988.
Series: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs policy research project report, no. 87. 
Edition/Format:  Book : State or province government publication : English

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