There couldn't be a more fitting spot for it – dedicated to the heroic, cantankerous, generous woman who in January 1991, marched up Congress to the Capitol, bringing with her a whole new generation of Texans to the hallowed halls of power. Texans still fuss over the details of her political legacy – but in Austin she will be most remembered for her inimitable down-home style, her steady rise from the distaff to the seat of authority, and her determination to bring everybody – all of us – to the table. Renamed last November, in the wake of her untimely passing, the bridge was finally dedicated in Richards' honor on Sept. 7 – when you pass over it, borrow a bit of her implacable energy.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
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