Columbus, Texas – “City of Live Oaks”
The city of Columbus, Texas was established in 1822.
The first settlers arrived in the area about Christmas 1821 and established a settlement along the Colorado River that came to be known as Beeson’s Crossing.
The town of Columbus was surveyed and platted two years later in August 1823 by some of the original 300 families of the Stephen F. Austin Colony.
The colonists were put in possession of the land by the Mexican government in a unique manner, with this excerpt from one land grant being typical of all:
“We put the said Elizabeth Tumlinson in possession of said lands, taking her by the hand, leading her about them and telling her in loud and audible tones that, by virtue of the omission and of the powers vested in us and in the name of the Government of Mexican Nation, we put her in possession of said Land with all their uses, customs, privileges, and appurtenances, for her, her heirs and successors.
And the said Elizabeth Tumlinson, in evidence of finding herself in real and personal possession of said lands without any opposition whatever shouted aloud, pulled herbs, threw stones, set stakes and performed the other necessary ceremonies, she being reminded of her obligation to cultivate them within two years, the term prescribed by law.”
When we lived in Houston, we would often drive through Columbus on our way to San Antonio. The beautiful live oak trees and the history in Columbus makes it worth a destination visit and not just a glimpse from the road. Columbus is located off of Interstate Highway 10, about 65 miles southeast of Houston.
The beautiful live oak trees are throughout the city. Columbus has the second largest recorded tree in Texas. It is more than 500 years old and is currently seventy feet tall with a circumference of 329 inches.
In November, people meet in the cemetery and celebrate “Live Oaks and Dead Folks.”
Additional Columbus, Texas photos on Photo Blog: Life in Seguin and Other Aimless Musings.
Posted on June 8, 2009, in Photography, Texas and tagged 500 year old tree, Aransas County, Beeson's Crossing, Columbus, Goose Island State Park, history, Lamar Peninsula, live oak trees, Live Oaks and Dead Folks, original 300, photographs, Stephen F. Austin Colony, Texas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.