Columbia - The First Capital of The Republic of Texas
In July 1836, Ad Interim President of the Republic of Texas, David G. Burnet, named Columbia as the location for the country's first capital. He selected the town because it had adequate housing for legislators and possessed a newspaper, the Telegraph and Texas Register. The First Congress of the Republic convened in Columbia, and Sam Houston, the first elected President, was inaugurated here on October 22, 1836. The new government addressed a number of important issues while in Columbia, including the reorganization of the Republic's Army and Navy; the organization of a Post Office Department and General Land Office; the establishment of a Court System; and the approval of a National Seal and National Flags. The First Congress adjourned in December 1836, with plans to meet for a second session in the newly built City of Houston.
Although Congress began to meet in Houston, the Executive Branch remained here, conducting official
Erected 2008 by City of West Columbia, Texas with the help of Nita Kennemer. (Marker Number 14749.)
Location. 29° 8.679′ N, 95° 38.85′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on East Brazos Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Between 16th and 17th Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E. Brazos Ave., West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Columbia Rosenwald School (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Columbia Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Near Site of First Capitol of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Home of George B. McKinstry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of the Home of Josiah Hughes Bell (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
More about this marker. The site of the First Capital of the Republic of Texas was first identified by a monument placed at the site by the State Centennial Committee in 1938.
A replica of the First Capital building is located a few blocks away and displays a Texas Historical Marker, but for years, the original site was not identified other than with the State Centennial Committee monument.
In 2006, Nita Kennemer, then president of the Columbia Historic Museum, began the process of applying for a Texas Historic Marker.
In 2008, the marker was approved and delivered for installation. Around that same time period, work began on a park dedicated to West Columbia's role in Texas history.
The Marker is located in the Capital of Texas Park, a walk through the Birth of Texas at this same location.
The park includes a walking path with 21 stations, each consisting of a black granite monument depicting the people and events of the early Republic, and a central plaza which is representative of the Seal of the Republic.
Also see . . . The Capitol of Texas Park. A Walk Through the Birth of Texas (Submitted on June 16, 2011.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2011, by Debbie A. Sutherland of West Columbia, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,735 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Debbie A. Sutherland of West Columbia, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.