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By Jim Evans, September 1, 2014
1890 Cornerstone Ceremony Marker
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 26 — 1890 Cornerstone Ceremony
The building of the Colorado County Courthouse began with a public celebration on July 7, 1890. About 3,000 people attended a barbecue in a grove north of town. They later marched to the Courthouse Square in a procession led by a local marching . . . — Map (db m76845) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 130 — Alleyton C.S.A.
Born as war clouds gathered, Alleyton was a key point on the supply line of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. It was both beginning and end of the cotton road leading to the Confederacy's back door on the Rio Grande River. . . . — Map (db m36906) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 347 — Beason's (Beeson's) Crossing
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, . . . — Map (db m29691) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 368 — Benjamin Beason's Crossingof the Colorado River
Site of the camp, March 19-26, 1836 of the Texas Army under General Sam Houston, who directed the retreat from Gonzales to the San Jacinto — Map (db m76821) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 973 — Colorado County
A part of Stephen F. Austin's First Colony Created March 17, 1836 Organized in 1837 The river traversing the region was called “Colorado” (red) by Spanish explorers who mistook it for the reddish Brazos. From the river, the . . . — Map (db m71994) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — Columbus Waterworks
In 1824 the Mexican government granted to Elizabeth Tumlinson and her heirs the land and water rights to this area in the center of Stephen F. Austin's colony. The town of Columbus developed from a small frontier community. A fire in May 1883 . . . — Map (db m28807) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 1028 — Confederate Memorial Museum
Built 1883 by town of Columbus, using over 400,000 handmade bricks. Has 32-inch walls. Served as water tower and fire house until 1912. Since 1926 owned by Shropshire-Upton Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Recorded Texas . . . — Map (db m76869) HM WM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 1231 — District Court Tree
In 1837 this oak sheltered Texas jurors. Courthouse was unfinished because logs coming down-river for building had swept past in strong current. R. M. Williamson, presiding, was called "Three-legged Willie" due to appearance: he had good leg, . . . — Map (db m28804) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 1237 — Early Site of Doctor Logue's Drugstore
Known as first drugstore in Republic of Texas. Founded 1844 by Dr. John G. Logue (1815-1861), who came here after graduation (1842) from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. A partner of his for a time was Dr. John H. Bowers, physician (1836) to . . . — Map (db m76891) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 5087 — Old Stafford Opera House
Built 1886 by R.E. Stafford, 1834-1890, millionaire cattleman. Stately interior (which seated 1,000) had gas-burning chandeliers and an elaborate hand-painted curtain. Architect was N.J. Clayton, who designed many opulent Texas buildings. Opening . . . — Map (db m76852) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 4310 — Robson's Castle and Columbus, Texas, Meat and Ice Company
Robert Robson (1804-1878), one of many Scotsmen seeking fortune in North America, came to the Texas Republic in 1839. On land he owned at this site, he built a concrete "castle," using native lime and gravel. It had running water, pumped from the . . . — Map (db m28325) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 4168 — Site of Railway Hospital
Dr. Robert Henry Harrison (1826-1905), graduate of the Botanico Medical College, Cincinnati, and Alabama Medical College, moved to Columbus in the 1870s, while the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio (later Southern Pacific) railway was building . . . — Map (db m76922) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 4923 — Site of the Camp of Gen. Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma
Site of the Camp, March 20-26, 1836, of one division of General Santa Anna's Army under the command of General Joaquín Ramírez y Sesma. It crossed the Colorado at Atascosita Ford, eight miles below Columbus. — Map (db m29707) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 5088 — Stafford-Miller House
Ornate Victorian house built for millionaire cattleman - banker Robert E. Stafford (1834-1890), one of organizers of Columbus Meat & Ice Co. Stafford built home and Opera House in same year, 1886. By design, he could sit in his bedroom and see . . . — Map (db m76848) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 12722 — Stage Lines Through Columbus
Nineteenth-century stagecoach operations in Texas were closely tied to mail delivery, and contracts with the U.S. Postal Service more often than not made the transportation of passengers and freight by stage economically feasible. As an early . . . — Map (db m76899) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 984 — The Columbus Tap Railway
The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado—first railway built in Texas—in the 1850s mapped its route from Houston to Austin through Alleyton (3 mi. E), bypassing Columbus. To retain their town's supremacy in its trade area, Columbus citizens . . . — Map (db m76842) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 4199 — The Rangers of Austin's Colony
By March 1822, Stephen F. Austin had attracted about 150 colonists to Texas. The pioneers faced many hardships, including concern for their protection form Indians along the Colorado and Brazos rivers. In December of that year, Trespalacios, the . . . — Map (db m29767) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 5543 — Townsend-West House
Eastlake style embellishments make this a Victorian jewel. It was built in 1890 by contractor Jacob Wirtz for Marcus H. and Annie (Burford) Townsend. A State Representative (1883-85) and Senator (1889-93), Townsend sponsored bill for state purchase . . . — Map (db m76923) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Columbus — 15368 — Tumlinson Family
John (1776-1823) and Elizabeth Plemmons (1778-1829) Tumlinson were born in Lincoln County, North Carolina and lived in Tennessee, Illinois, and Arkansas before coming to Texas with their seven children as members of Austin's Old Three Hundred . . . — Map (db m29965) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Eagle Lake — 3018 — Lakeside Sugar Refinery
The Sugar Industry, which began in Texas before the Civil War (1861-65), was revived in the late 1800s by cheaper refining methods. One of the leading sugar producers in Colorado County was William Dunovant. In 1898 he and several men from Eagle . . . — Map (db m30155) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Eagle Lake — 3558 — Navigation of the Colorado River
Because overland travel in early Texas was an enterprise often fraught with hardship, frustration, and danger, many individuals looked to rivers for a solution to the problem. From 1829 to the Civil War, optimistic Texans attempted to ply the area's . . . — Map (db m29912) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Eagle Lake — 4255 — Rice Culture in Colorado County
The rice industry did not spread into the coastal plains region west of Houston until the very end of the 19th century. In 1898, Captain William Dunovant (1845-1902), a local plantation owner and entrepreneur, planted 40 acres of rice . . . — Map (db m30156) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Eagle Lake — 1325 — Town of Eagle Lake
Named for lake where in 1821 exploring party of Stephen F. Austin killed an eagle. In 1851 resident Gamaliel Good started a Houston-to-San Antonio Stage line with lakeside headquarters. In 1856, with D. W. C. Harris, Good platted Eagle Lake . . . — Map (db m30159) HM
Texas (Colorado County), Weimar — 3881 — Old Osage
Site of 1820 trading post of Jesse Burnam. His ferry on the Colorado River helped Gen. Sam Houston reach San Jacinto, 1836. To cut off Santa Anna, Houston then burned post and ferry. Town started in 1850s was named for Osage Orange trees. . . . — Map (db m61298) HM

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