Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 2, May, 1992 Page: 90
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
From the Telegraph & Texas Register of June 8, 1837 and subsequent issues:
SALE OF LOTS
IN THE TOWN OF COLUMBUS
Seat of justice of Colorado county
The undersigned, only and sole proprietors of the above named
town, offer a sale of lots in the town of Columbus, to take place on the second
day of July next. The site of this town is a high and beautiful bluff on the west
bank of the river of Colorado 110 miles by land and 160 miles by water from
Matagorda at the head of steamboat navigation. It is situated upon the site of
the projected town of Montezuma, which was selected by the late Col. S. F.
Austin as the capital of his colony and was considered by him as the most central
and most healthy location for the seat of government. Steamboats can run to this
point at all seasons of the year; it is at that bend of the river commonly known
as "Dewees Shoals or Ford." Round the bend of the river by its meander is 10
miles; across by land it is but 700 yards affording a fall of 14 1-2 feet by canal
and otherwise. It is intersected by the high roads from Matagorda to Mina or
Bastrop; from Washington, Brazoria, Columbia, San Felipe, Houston and other
towns of the east to San Antonio, La Bahia, Gonzales and other towns of the
west. It is but twenty miles from the settlements of the Navidad and La Bacca
on the one side and Cummins' creek on the other. It is situated in a prairie
interspersed with a most luxuriant growth of live oaks, and surrounded by a
heavy forrest of timber, suitable for all the purposes of building, &c. The county
adjacent is composed of the richest land of Texas, and the settlements are as
dense as any portion of the country; it is supplied by never failing springs of the
purest water. Lots have been sold there from 150 to 500 dollars. 16 buildings
are now erected, and 14 more are contracted for, and will shortly be up. An
academy, under the superintendence of Mr. Arnold, of Lexington, Ky., is now
in successful operation (having 34 pupils). There is every prospect of the raft in
the Colorado being speedily removed, as a monied company is about petitioning
congress to that effect and a subscription is also out for the same purpose. The
proprietors have presented to the county 3 blocks, viz. Nos 2, 3, and 17 to be
sold at the same time, the proceeds to be appropriated to the erection of a court
house, (which is now nearly completed), jail and other public edifices, which are
now being built. The advantages of this place are innumerable, to the merchant,
the artisan and the farmer, the town and the country adjacent present as fair a
field for enterprise as any portion of our republic. We have only to say go and
TERMS, notes with approved security, at 6 and 12 months
William B. Dewees
J. W. E. Wallace Proprietors
June 3, 1837
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