“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of the Home of Josiah Hughes Bell

1791 - 1838

Site of the home of Josiah Hughes Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Debbie A. Sutherland, November 20, 2011
1. Site of the home of Josiah Hughes Bell Marker
Inscription.  One of the “Old Three Hundred” who came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin in 1821 • First alcade (sic, alcalde) of Austin's Colony • On this tract of 6,642 acres, granted him in 1824, was later built the town of Columbia, First Capital of the Republic
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 9526.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
Location. 29° 7.775′ N, 95° 38.767′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker can be reached from South Columbia Drive (State Highway 36) north of Reid Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Columbia Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Columbia United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Columbia (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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(approx. 0.9 miles away); Columbia Rosenwald School (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Capitol Oak (approx. one mile away); Religion in the New Capital (approx. one mile away); The Brazos River and the Steamboat Yellowstone (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Also see . . .  Bell, Josiah Hughes. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on February 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2012, by Debbie A. Sutherland of West Columbia, Texas. This page has been viewed 951 times since then and 15 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Debbie A. Sutherland of West Columbia, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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