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Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Stage Lines Through Columbus

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
1. Stage Lines Through Columbus Marker
Inscription. Nineteenth-century stagecoach operations in Texas were closely tied to mail delivery, and contracts with the U.S. Postal Service more often than not made the transportation of passengers and freight by stage economically feasible. As an early community on the transportation routes between Houston and San Antonio and between Houston and Austin, Columbus saw many stage lines travel its streets in the years between Texas Independence and the end of the Civil War.

The Brown and Tarbox Stage Service was underway by 1847, carrying mail from Houston to San Antonio, passing through Columbus. Prominent stagecoach operators Sawyer and Risher (later Risher and Hall) utilized several lines that began in Eagle Lake and traveled through Columbus to San Antonio, Austin and Wharton.

By November 1861, the Confederate States Mail Service replaced U.S. mail operations in Texas, and the stage lines continued to carry this mail as well. Traffic also developed between the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado railroad terminus at nearby Alleyton and the cotton shipping points of Brownsville and Matamoros. Stages from Brownsville connected with stage lines from Corpus Christi, Goliad and Victoria to San Antonio via Columbus.

After the Civil War, Risher and Hall resumed operations of their stage lines to San Antonio, but the coming of
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By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
2. Stage Lines Through Columbus Marker
the railroad soon signaled the end of the stagecoach era in this part of Texas. As a stop on many of the stage routes, Columbus played a significant role in this early transportation network.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12722.)
 
Location. 29° 42.327′ N, 96° 32.329′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is on Spring Street east of Travis Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus Waterworks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); District Court Tree (about 300 feet away); Tumlinson Family (about 300 feet away); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (about 300 feet away); The Rangers of Austin's Colony (about 400 feet away); Stafford-Miller House (about 400 feet away); Confederate Memorial Museum (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online. A short history of the Risher and Hall Stage Lines. (Submitted on April 29, 2010.) 

2. Stagecoach Lines of Texas.
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By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
3. Location of Stage Lines marker
From the Handbook of Texas Online Encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 29, 2010.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 784 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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