West Columbia

Independence Trail Region
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HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

The capital of the Republic of Texas from 1836 until 1837, this historic town, originally called Columbia, is where Sam Houston was sworn in as president of the Republic and where Secretary of State Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas,” died. Two buildings served the fledgling government, including a one-and-a-half story clapboard cabin that became the first Capitol of the Republic of Texas. The 1900 hurricane destroyed the humble structure but a replica built in 1977 is a reminder of Texas’ early days of independence. The Capitol of Texas Park features 21 black granite monuments depicting the people and the events that contributed to the birth of the Republic.

West Columbia