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

William B. DeWees

(1799-1878)

 
 
William B. DeWees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 18, 2019
1. William B. DeWees Marker
Inscription.  Early Texas settler. Came here from Kentucky, 1822, when Texas was part of Mexico. Received a large land grant in 1824 as one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old 300" colonists. Worked as blacksmith and trader.

After Columbus was burned in Texas Revolution, 1836, he laid out new (present) town and gave land for courthouse and school.

His correspondence, published 1852 as "Letters from an Early Settler of Texas to a Friend," provided valuable eyewitness accounts of the "Runaway Scrape" of the revolution, and life in colonial Texas.
 
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1193.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 42.251′ N, 96° 32.514′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Bowie Street, on the right when traveling east on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1324 Bowie Street, Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Dilue Rose and Ira Albert Harris House (a few steps from this marker); Dilue Rose Harris (1825-1914) (a few steps from this marker); Dilue Rose Harris (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas and the Struggle for Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Abram Alley Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Abram Alley and Texas' Struggle for Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the American Declaration of Independence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Caledonia Lodge No. 68. A.F. & A.M. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Also see . . .  DeWees, William Bluford - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
 
William B. DeWees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 18, 2019
2. William B. DeWees Marker
Marker is visible behind the stop sign, across the street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 27, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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