Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Robson's Castle and Columbus, Texas, Meat and Ice Company
Columbus, Texas, Meat & Ice Company built its 3-story plant on this site in 1884. It was then one of three packing houses in Texas. Established to process at place of origin, the plant could handle 125 cattle a day. Some of its beef went to Queen Victoria's London. Robert E. Stafford (1834-1890), a wealthy trail driver and rancher, veteran of Civil War service with famous Hood's Texas Brigade, owner of a private bank and extensive Colorado County properties, was president, and major stockholder in the packing house. In the early 1890s, after Stafford died, the plant
Erected 1971 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4310.)
Location. 29° 42.716′ N, 96° 32.818′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Business State Highway 71 and Robson, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 71Business . On the south side of the Colorado River and east side of the bridge. 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. Site of Railway Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Townsend-West House (approx. half a mile away); City of Columbus (approx. half a mile away); Columbus State Bank (approx. half a mile away); Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the American Declaration of Independence (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Columbus Tap Railway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ehrenwerth-Ramsey-Untermeyer Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colorado County (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . Handbook of Texas Online entry for Columbus, Texas. (Submitted on April 20, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
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