Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Beason's (Beeson'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
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793 - 1993
Erected by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 347.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War, 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); Stage Lines Through Columbus (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore (approx. ¼ mile away); District Court Tree (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbus Oak (approx. ¼ mile away); Tumlinson Family (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (approx. 0.3 miles 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 Mexican General mentioned in the marker should be General Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,057 times since then and 56 times this year. 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.