Edwin Waller called it his “grand plan.”
When the native Virginian was hired in 1839 to design a capital for the newly minted Republic of Texas, a hamlet he would carve out of the scruffy woods alongside the Colorado River, the entrepreneur and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence drew a town site 14 blocks wide by 14 blocks long.
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Mike Ward has covered historical and preservation issues for the American-Statesman for more than two decades, including the recent restoration of the Governor’s Mansion and the 1990-94 renovation of the Capitol.