Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Railway Hospital
Dr. Robert Henry Harrison (1826-1905), graduate of the Botanico Medical College, Cincinnati, and Alabama Medical College, moved to Columbus in the 1870s, while the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (later Southern Pacific) railway was building Columbus-San Antonio line. Physician to G.H. & S.A. president T.W. Peirce, he was 1880-87 medical and surgical director, Atlantic Division of the Southern Pacific. In 1880 he built a hospital for railway employees at this site. Staff included Drs. J.H. Bowers, A.S. McDaniel, and R.H. Harrison, Jr. About 1886, hospital burned, and was not rebuilt.
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4168.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 29° 42.337′ N, 96° 32.579′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Live Oak Street and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Live Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus TX 78934, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Townsend-West House (a few steps from this marker); City of Columbus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the American Declaration of Independence (about 400 feet away); Tate-Senftenberg-Brandon Home (about 400 feet away); Ilse-Rau House (about 400 feet away); Carriage Step on Prairie Street (about 500 feet away); Abram Alley Log Cabin (about 500 feet away); Dilue Rose Harris (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.