Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(October 4, 1761 - June 10, 1821)
Moses Austinís decision to venture into a colonization enterprise in the Spanish territory of Texas led him to San Antonio de Bexar in 1820. With the help of Felipe Neri, Baron de Bastrop, Austin requested permission from the Spanish Governor, Antonio Martinez, to settle a colony of 300 Anglo-American families in his province. Austin returned to Missouri, where he learned in March 1821 that his petition had been granted. Although ill from the effects of his journey, he began making plans to raise a colony. Three months later, Moses Austin died in the Hazel Run settlement, where he was buried. He was later reinterred in Potosi, Missouri.
In response to his fatherís dying wish, Stephen F. Austin continued the colonization project and led the first of the “Old 300” colonists into Texas in late 1821.
Erected 1986 by the Texas Historical Commission.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 N Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Swedish Evangelical Free Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scottish Rite Temple (about 600 feet away); Gethsemane Church (about 600 feet away); Carrington-Covert House (about 700 feet away); Scholz Garten (approx. 0.2 miles away); State Bar of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swedish Central Methodist Church (approx. ľ mile away); St. Martinís Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . . Moses Austin - The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on January 26, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
1. Moses Austin and Potosi, Missouri
Moses Austin came to Missouri in 1797 after receiving a 3 square mile Spanish Land Grant, which included a lead mine, called "Mine a Breton"; opened about 1773 by Francois Azor. Moses was granted by the Spanish Governor the right to colonize, and he brought Missouri's first settlers.
Here, Moses sank the first mine shaft, he established "Potosi" and established it as the seat of Washington County. Moses also founded Herculaneum (Jefferson County) on the Mississippi river, as a lead depot and shipping point. His son, Stephen F. Austin, grew up in Washington County, was schooled here, developed his views on colonizing new lands, here.
Moses and his wife, Maria, are buried in Potosi's Presbyterian Cemetery. Moses died (1821) soon after the Spanish Governor of Texas granted his petition to settle 300 families there. His son Stephen, now called the "Father of Texas", took up his fathers mantel, creating the "Colony of 300".
— Submitted June 7, 2010, by James R. Kuntz of Warrenton, Missouri.
Categories. • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,200 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 2. submitted on February 10, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 7, 2010, by James R. Kuntz of Warrenton, Missouri. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.