Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
District Court Tree
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1231.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees series list.
Location. 29° 42.371′ N, 96° 32.357′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Texas, in Colorado County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Travis Street, 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. 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (within shouting distance of this marker); William Menefee (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (within shouting distance of this marker); Stage Lines Through Columbus Colorado County (about 300 feet away); Tumlinson Family (about 300 feet away); The Rangers of Austin's Colony (about 300 feet away); Colorado County Courthouse (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online entry for Columbus, Texas. "Judge Robert McAlpin (Three Legged Willie) Williamson reportedly convened the first district court in Colorado County in the shade of a large oak tree near the site of the present courthouse. The trunk of the tree, long since dead, still sports a historical plaque and for a time provided the background for yearly reenactments of the original court." (Submitted on April 20, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. Columbus Court Oak at Famous Trees of Texas. The Famous Trees of Texas web site tells why court was held under this tree after the Texas Revolution and gives an example of "frontier justice" from three-legged Willie. (Submitted on April 24, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 956 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. 3, 4. submitted on April 21, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 5. submitted on September 5, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.