Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 2, May, 1992 Page: 88
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scattered along the Colorado until after the revolution. If anything like a community
existed, then it was a very small settlement without any real center or precise location
that was, generally speaking, near the site of present-day Columbus. Montezuma,
probably the earliest place name in use in the area, was at first the name assigned to the
junction of the Colorado River and the Atascosito Road. By 1835, Dewees had decided
to establish a town on the tract of land he owned about seven miles north of that junction.
Though Dewees had perhaps originally decided to appropriate the name Montezuma for
his projected town, by the end of 1835 he was calling it Columbus. In 1836, however,
at least some people were still calling it Montezuma. Austin, for instance, included it
under that name on his 1836 map. But the town never developed until after the
revolution, by which time the name Columbus had become firmly fixed. Still, to avoid
confusion and to take advantage of any name recognition the community had already
achieved, the city's proprietors used both names in their advertising.
The most prominent buildings in current Colorado County before the
revolution were the ones at Beeson's Crossing. They were in existence by 1828 but were
burned in 1836. There is considerable doubt, however, about the precise location of
these buildings, and until that doubt is resolved, they cannot be regarded as the first
structures in the town of Columbus. Given the evidence now available, an intrepid
archaeologist could expect to find their remnants along the west side of the river some
distance south of Columbus. Columbus itself sprang from the real estate activities of
Dewees and Wallace in 1837. Most properly therefore, it can only be said that Columbus
was born in 1837, though, extending the metaphor, it might be said that the town was
conceived in 1823.
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