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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Austin's 175-Year History?

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT; logo design by GSD&M

The City of Austin is having a birthday today.

It's one of the hardest anniversaries to pronounce – it's not a centennial or a bicentennial — or even a sesquicentennial, for that matter. But, outgoing Mayor Lee Leffingwell made it his mission earlier this year to memorize a 28-letter word used for the city’s 175th anniversary: a septaquintaquinquecentennial. 

To commemorate the celebration, KUT’s Joy Diaz challenged Leffingwell and outgoing Austin City Council Member Laura Morrison to a City of Austin trivia game, and Austin History Center Director Mike Miller cooked up a quiz to test their knowledge of Austin history. Below, you can take the Austin trivia challenge, and listen to Leffingwell and Morrison's answers to Miller's quiz. 

Take a listen to Leffingwell and Morrison's answers below to see how they fared on Miller's quiz, and feel free to suggest more Austin trivia questions by emailing submissions to 

Texas Standard reporter Joy Diaz has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work in public media reporting. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin NPR station KUT on and off since 2005. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration.
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