Columbus Travel Guide

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Columbus Things to Do

  • Townsend West Home

    This Victorian home with Eastlake embellishments, was built for Marcus and Annie Townsend in 1890. Townsend was a state representative and senator who sponsored the bill to purchase the Alamo for the state of Texas and named a county for his law partner Robert Foard. The home was bought in 1906 by Thurmond and Erma West and is still occupied by...

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  • Stafford Miller House

    Millionaire cattleman-banker Robert E. Stafford, who had the opera house built in 1886, built an ornate Victorian style home next door the same year. He designed the home so that he could sit in his bedroom and watch performances in the opera house. The home originally had a cupola but that was lost in a 1909 hurricane. The home was sold to the...

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  • The Isle Rau House

    The Isle Rau House was built in 1887 for Henry Isle a farmer, rancher, and saloon owner using the Symmetrical Victorian style architecture and includes three marble fireplaces. The Isle family lived in the home until 1954. The home was purchased by R. W. Rau who restored the home keeping many of the Victorian style touches and adding some Empire...

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  • Dilue Rose House

    Dilue Rose was born in 1825 and came to Texas with her family in 1833. She is best known for her extensive writings in a journal about the Texas Revolution in 1836 (note that she was 11 years old). She married just short of 14 to Ira Harris who was a City Marshall and a County Sheriff. Dilue and Ira raised 9 children in this home which was...

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  • Caledonia Lodge

    The Caledonia Lodge was organized in 1850 and in 1851 built this two-story building to house a female seminary on the first floor and a lodge on the second. In 1857, they also founded the first public school in Columbus.

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  • Colorado County Citizen

    This building houses the offices of the Colorado County Citizen which was established in 1857 and is one of the oldest newspapers in the state. Was named the "Colorado Times" and the "Colorado Citizen" before returning to the current name. Neat building too.

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  • Abram Alley Cabin

    Abram Alley came to this part of Texas in the 1820s to join his brothers as part of Stephen Austin's "old 300". He married fellow pioneer Nancy Millar in 1835. During the "Runaway Scrape" he went to the aid of settlers fleeing Santa Anna and his army and his home was burned. In 1836, he built this cabin, where he and his wife raised 5 children and...

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  • Santa Claus Museum

    Mary Elizabeth Hopkins collected Santa Claus related items from 1913 until her death in 1990. There are over 2000 items on display in the museum. Hours vary a lot. The best way to get access to the museum is through the Visitors Information Center in the old Stafford Opera House.

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  • Confederate Memorial Museum

    The UDC Confederate Memorial Museum is located in the old water tower built in 1883. The museum has some nice displays of Civil War items like ladies' mourning jewelry, rare china, military uniforms, and a three-barrel shotgun. Hours are 10 AM to 2 PM Monday, Thursday and Friday. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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  • Columbus Historic District/The Opera...

    Columbus has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Columbus has one district and a few buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One particular building on the register is the Stafford Bank and Opera House Building which is the largest flat-floored opera house in Texas and...

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  • Fire House and Fire Memorial

    This is the Columbus Firehouse. The location is old but the building is not. There is a nice memorial in front of the building dedicated to firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

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  • Columbus and Colorado County

    Columbus is a town of about 3600 (down 8% since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Texas Highway 77 in the Prairies and Lakes part of East Central Texas. Columbus was settled in 1823 as one of Stephen Austin's original Texas Colonies. The town is known as "The City of Live Oaks" and the first court of the Third Judicial District...

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Columbus Restaurants

  • by mknight24 Written Jun 26, 2007

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    Schobels always has good/fresh food. The restaurant is German, but offers a variety of American food as well. The Schobel family that runs the restaurant is kin to a couple of NFL players, so there is reference to their teams on the menu and on the walls. There is often a buffet that is just wonderful with many choices and great desserts.

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Columbus Shopping

  • by mknight24 Written Jun 26, 2007

    "A Trains Toys/ Birdie's Dollhouse" is a rare find. It is located in the downtown square off of Milam Street. This Mom & Pop toy store has many unusual and hard to find toys, all priced according to "World War II standards". There is a large variety of toys and gifts in this store for all ages.

    What to pay: All items are significantly cheaper at this store.

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Columbus Local Customs

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    Historic Plaque About First 4th Celebration

    by Basaic Written Jan 8, 2014

    The first 4th of July celebration in Texas was held in Columbus in 1826. The holiday remains a very big deal in Columbus, and people come from all over Texas to participate in the celebration.

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