Saltillo and Austin share a unique history as the two capitals of Texas. Saltillo was the capital when Texas belonged to the Mexican state Coahuila, before Austin became the capital of the Republic of Texas. Saltillo is Austin's oldest Sister City.

Founded in 1577, Saltillo takes pride in its Spanish Colonial architecture, famous tile and serape blankets.

This city of over 700,000 people also boasts a growing heavy industrial base. The Wall Street Journal has called the area a "mini-Detroit."

Partnership Outcomes:

  • A Saltillo landing pad office for Austin businesses interested in Mexican markets.
  • Exchanges between Austin Community College and University Tecnológia de Coahuila.
  • Saltillo artwork in the People’s Gallery.
  • The dedication of Plaza Saltillo.

Additional Information:

Please contact Nick Barreiro (Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Association President) for additional information about the Austin-Saltillo sister city relationship. More information can be found at

See the complete list of Austin's sister cities at the Sister and Friendship Cities Program main page.