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Columbus in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing

 
 
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, January 24, 2010
1. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
Inscription. Benjamin Beason, one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 colonists, settled by a widely used Colorado River crossing near here in 1822. He and his wife Elizabeth proceeded to build a large home (also used as an inn) and established a gristmill, sawmill, gin,and ferry operation at the crossing. His residence and business operations and a scattering of homesteads in the area formed a settlement known as Beason'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 Houston's Army scarcely hours before the arrival of Sesma's Army.
Sam Houston Bicentennial 1793 - 1993
 
Erected by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
2. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
Number 347.)
 
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.
 
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); Tumlinson Family (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stafford-Miller House (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.
 
Also see . . .  Santa Anna Encampment. The Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas, in Fort Bend County is a site where Santa Anna's army camped enroute to the Battle of San Jacinto (subsequent to the
Entrance to Beason's Park where markers are located. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
3. Entrance to Beason's Park where markers are located.
events described on this marker). William Morton, after whom the cemetery was named, was another of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 colonists. (Submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence
 
Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
4. Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park.
Second Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
5. Second Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker in park.
Beason's Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
6. Beason's Crossing
View from east bank of Colorado River, looking northwest
Second nearby Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
7. Second nearby Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,722 times since then and 66 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.
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