West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
New Yorker George Rounds served in Col. James W. Fannin's regiment in the Texas War for Independence but escaped the Goliad Massacre. He settled in Columbia, where he operated a tavern. Just before his death, he drew up a will devising his estate to "educating poor and orphan children" in the community. Discoveries of oil and gas on the Rounds property during the 1930s increased the value of the fund. Rounds' philanthropy continues to aid local students today.
Recorded - 1976
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9590.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 8.426′ N, 95° 38.861′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker can be reached from East Jackson Street east of South 16th Street, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in Old Columbia Cemetery, whose main entrance 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. Mary Eveline McKenzie Bell (here, next to this marker); Thaddus Constantine Bell (a few steps from this marker); Josiah H. Bell (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Tubbs Angier, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathaniel C. Hazen (within shouting distance of this marker); John S. D. Byrom (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Columbia Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry S. Brown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Also see . . . Handbook Of Texas entry for George Rounds. (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Chris Kneupper of Brazoria, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.