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

Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing

 
 
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, January 24, 2010
1. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
Inscription.  Benjamin Beason, one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 colonists, settled by a widely used Colorado River crossing near here in 1822. He and his wife Elizabeth proceeded to build a large home (also used as an inn) and established a gristmill, sawmill, gin,and ferry operation at the crossing. His residence and business operations and a scattering of homesteads in the area formed a settlement known as Beason's Crossing.
In the early spring of 1836 Beason found his home, family, and complex of commercial buildings in the perilous position in between Sam Houston's Army, camped on the east bank of the Colorado River opposite Beason's crossing, and a Mexican Army led by General Juaquin Ramirez y Sesma fast approaching from the west. Houston had chosen this site to camp because of its strategic location at the edge of the most populous part of Texas. With his 1500 troops in position, Houston is said to have declared, "on the Colorado I make my stand."
Notwithstanding this bold declaration, Houston unexpectedly removed his Army to the Brazos River on March 26th. Beason's crossing was subsequently burned to the ground by a detachment of
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Houston's Army scarcely hours before the arrival of Sesma's Army.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793 - 1993
 
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 347.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1802.
 
Location. 29° 42.259′ N, 96° 32.113′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is on U.S. 90. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Beason's Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Columbus Waterworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Townsend-Koliba House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stage Lines Through Columbus (approx. ¼ mile away); Asa Townsend (approx. ¼ mile away); Joseph V. Frnka (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (approx. ¼ mile away); District Court Tree (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
More about this marker. Just E. of the E. River Bridge at Columbus on S. Side of Hwy 90 in Beason's Park, Columbus
 
Regarding Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing. The
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
2. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
Mexican General mentioned in the marker should be General Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma.
 
Entrance to Beason's Park where markers are located. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
3. Entrance to Beason's Park where markers are located.
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
4. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park.
Second Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
5. Second Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park.
Beason's Crossing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney
6. Beason's Crossing
View from east bank of Colorado River, looking northwest
Second nearby Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
7. Second nearby Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,443 times since then and 89 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   6. submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   7. submitted on April 13, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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