West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Telegraph and Texas Register
The fact that the Telegraph and Texas Register was operating in Columbia following the revolution helped in Burnett's selection of Columbia as the location for the meeting of Congress on October 3, 1836. The newspaper became the voice of the new republic. Established on October 10, 1835 at San Felipe de Austin, its publishers, Joseph Baker and brothers Gail Borden, Jr. and Thomas H. Borden, were forced out of town by Santa Anna's advancing army on March 24, 1836. Reestablished in Harrisburg, the paper was back in business. On April 14, the Mexicans seized the presses and threw them in Buffalo Bayou. In the summer of 1836, Gail Borden obtained a new press from Cincinnati, Ohio and resumed publication in Columbia. The newspaper's first issue from Columbia contained a copy of the constitution. By the end of October 1836, the newspaper had 700 subscribers. On April 11, 1837 the newspaper was moved aboard the Yellowstone to Houston, the republic's new capital.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications.
Location. 29° 8.677′ N, 95° 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. Accomplishments of the First Congress (here, next to this marker); First Capitol of the Republic of Texas (here, next to this marker); Columbia - The First Capital of The Republic of Texas (a few steps from this marker); Members of the Senate (a few steps from this marker); Officials of the Republic (a few steps from this marker); The Capitol Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbia in 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker); Masons of the Republic of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
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