West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Josiah Hughes Bell 1791-1838
Josiah Bell, a personal friend of Stephen F. Austin and member of The Old Three Hundred, managed Austin's colony for seventeen months while Austin traveled to Mexico to negotiate with the newly independent Mexican government to continue his colonization efforts. In January of 1824, Bell made a camp on Bell's Creek. Making a "landing” on the Brazos just below Varner Creek, Bell built docks and sheds to store freight. Despite Bell's efforts to name this "landing” Marion, local residents dubbed it "Bell's Landing.” By Christmas of 1824, Bell and his family moved into a "good dwelling house” on the banks of the Brazos. In 1826, Bell laid out the town of Columbia and built a new family home. An early teacher described the Bell's large, six room log home as "a welcome home to every stranger, where the hungry are fed, the naked clad, the sick nursed.” During his days in Columbia, Sam Houston maintained an office on the grounds of the Bell home in which Josiah Bell lived until his death in 1838.
Erected 2009 by City of West Columbia.
Topics. This historical marker Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 8.683′ N, 95° 38.867′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of East Brazos Avenue (State Highway 35) and North 17th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Brazos Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Three Hundred (here, next to this marker); Columbia's Role in the Discontent (here, next to this marker); General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (here, next to this marker); The Runaway Scrape (here, next to this marker); Selection of Columbia (here, next to this marker); Sam Houston, First President of the Republic (a few steps from this marker); Problems Facing the New Republic (a few steps from this marker); Members of the House of Representatives (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
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