Friday, July 31st, 2015
The Texas Capitol faces south to honor the heart of downtown Austin, we concluded. Other reasons? Maybe.

Texas Capitol placed facing south to honor the heart of capital

We love it when a reader claim touches off our hunt for facts.


That’s what happened when Christine Gilbert of Austin wrote that the Texas Capitol faces south to honor a battle at Goliad. Not so, we concluded, though Goliad was invoked at the Capitol’s dedication.




Readers subsequently nudged that we missed a possible explanation; they speculated the building was erected facing south to catch the winds off the Gulf of Mexico. Details ahead...

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