City of Columbus
Site of projected capitol of
Stephen F. Austin's colony, 1823.
First settlement at this point shown on
Stephen F. Austin's map of 1835 as Montezuma.
The municipality of Colorado was created by the
provisional government of Texas January 11, 1836
and the town of Columbus ordered laid out as
the seat of government.
On March 17, 1836 the county of Colorado was created;
in 1837, it was organized.
Columbus, the county seat, was incorporated June 5, 1837.
As a railroad terminal, from 1869 to 1873,
Columbus was an important trading center
for a large territory to the west.
In memory of
The pioneer families of Burnam, Gilleland, Cummins,
Fisher, DeWees, Kuykendall and Tumlinson.
J. W. E. Wallace and his company
who defended Gonzales October 2, 1835.
William D. Lacey, William Menefee,
signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Leander Beason, John P. Borden, David Cole, Stephen
T. Foley, George W. Gardner, S. Joseph Garwood,
Basil G. Ijams, Dr. James D. Jennings, Alfred Kelso,
Amos D. Kenyon, Daniel Miller, James Nelson,
Mitchell Putnam, Dempsey Pace, William Pace, Washing-
ton H. Secrest, Maxwell Steel, Robert Stevenson,
Spencer B. Townsend, William
Waters, Leroy Wilkinson,
San Jacinto veterans who lived in this county
prior to or after the Texas Revolution.
Col. John C. Upton, Major John S. Shropshire,
Major J. S. West, Capt. P. J. Oakes, Capt. James D. Roberdeau,
Capt. R. V. Cook, Confederate officers.
The following citizens of distinction have
resided in Colorado County
Jones Rivers, jurist; Dr. Lawrence Washington,
Gail Borden, Matthew Stanley Quay, Senator for
Pennsylvania; Chas. Nagel, cabinet minister under Taft,
Wells Thompson, Lieutenant Governor of Texas,
George McCormick, State Attorney General and
co-writer of the present State Constitution,
Geo. W. Smith, member of Supreme Court of Texas.