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East Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bell's Landing

 
 
Bell's Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
1. Bell's Landing Marker
Inscription. Founded 1823 as Brazos River landing for Josiah H. Bell's plantation. Townsite of Marion laid out in 1824. Later named East Columbia. Army enlistment point and ferrying dock during Texas Revolution. Key river port and trade center during Republic of Texas days.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9528.)
 
Location. 29° 8.453′ N, 95° 36.919′ W. Marker is in East Columbia, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is at the intersection of Austin Street (County Route 300E) and Front Street (County Route 300B) when traveling south on Austin Street. Touch for map. You will dead end at the marker when going south on Austin Street. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Carry Nation's Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ammon Underwood House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweeny-Waddy Log Cabin (about 600 feet away); Dance Gun Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aldridge - Smith House (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Bell's Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, October 1, 2015
2. Bell's Landing Marker
On the far side of the trees and beaming out from behind is the Brazos River. The Brazos is Texas' largest river (not counting the Rio Grand which is shared with Mexico).
Tyler-Bryan-Weems House (approx. 0.2 miles away); M.L. Weems House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Near Site of First Capitol of the Republic of Texas (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Columbia.
 
More about this marker. CAUTION: DO NOT try to go to the coordinates given on the State of Texas Historical Commission website. They will take you down a dead end on the wrong side of the river where some hostile people live.
 
Also see . . .
1. Article on East Columbia from The Texas Handbook. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Article on the Brazon River from The Texas Handbook. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Article on the Brazon River in Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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