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Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the American Declaration of Independence

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, February 18, 2019
1. Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the American Declaration of Independence Marker
Inscription.  Most of the "Old Three Hundred" settlers in Stephen F. Austin's first Texas colony in the early 1820s came from the United States and were proud of their Anglo-American Heritage. Austin discouraged any display of American loyalties which might anger the Mexican authorities or violate colonization laws. Many customs persisted, however, including observance of July Fourth as American Independence Day. On July 4, 1826, settlers around Beason's Crossing, nucleus of the present town of Columbus, planned a barbecue to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. No doubt, many colonists traveled long distances for this important gathering.

West of the Colorado River in Green DeWittt's Colony, a small group set out from Gonzales on July 2 to attend the barbecue at Beason's. While camped for the night, they were attacked by Indians but managed to escape. Returning to Gonzales, they found their homes plundered and one man killed. The other settlers were visiting at a nearby cabin and escaped the Indian raid. The survivors then proceeded to the safety of older settlements along the the Colorado.
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By Brian Anderson, February 18, 2019
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Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 149.)
 
Location. 29° 42.317′ N, 96° 32.514′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowie Street and Spring Street, on the right when traveling south on Bowie Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 Spring Street, Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker); Abram Alley Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend-West House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dilue Rose and Ira Albert Harris House (about 300 feet away); Dilue Rose Harris (about 300 feet away); Site of Railway Hospital (about 400 feet away); William B. DeWees (about 400 feet away); Old Stafford Opera House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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