West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Selection of Columbia
Following the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 at Washington on the Brazos, an ad interim government was formed. Headed by President David G. Burnet and Vice President Lorenzo de Zavala, this government became a moving target for the advancing Mexican army. From Washington on the Brazos, the government moved to Harrisburg then to Galveston and on to Velasco. On July 23, President Burnet called for a general election for the first Monday in September to select the first officials of the Texas republic. In addition to electing officials, the citizens of Texas would be asked to ratify the newly written constitution and a proposal of annexation to the United States. Burnet named Columbia as the location for the October 3, 1836 meeting of Congress because it had more space available than any Texas town other than Nacogdoches, and it possessed a newspaper, the Telegraph and Texas Register.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is March 2, 1836.
Location. 29° 8.683′ N, 95° 38.863′ 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. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (here, next to this marker); Sam Houston, First President of the Republic (here, next to this marker); The Runaway Scrape (here, next to this marker); Columbia's Role in the Discontent (here, next to this marker); Problems Facing the New Republic (here, next to this marker); Josiah Hughes Bell 1791-1838 (here, next to this marker); Members of the House of Representatives (here, next to this marker); The Capitol Buildings (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.