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A story of one of the most important Texans - Columbia (now West Columbia) was the capital of Texas on October 22, 1836. On that day, Sam Houston, the first president of the new Republic of Texas, gave his inaugural address.Columbia (now West Columbia) was the capital of Texas on October 22, 1836. On that day, Sam Houston, the first president of the new Republic of Texas, gave his inaugural address.

The inauguration had been scheduled for December, but ad interim president David Burnet resigned unexpectedly, leaving Houston just two hours to prepare his speech. Maybe the lack of prep time channeled the emotion of his words: “We were a little band, contending for liberty; they were thousands, well appointed, munitioned, and provisioned, seeking to rivet chains upon us, or extirpate us from the earth.”

Among the Texas independence fighters who had a more direct experience with the chains of bondage was Joe, an enslaved man owned by William B. Travis who survived the battle of the Alamo. After escaping from the Mexican army, Joe made his way to General Houston’s camp and reported to the Texas Cabinet about the Alamo’s fall. Joe was one of about 5,000 enslaved people in the new republic’s population of roughly 50,000.

West Columbia is now home to a replica of the original Texas Congress building and a park with a path connecting a series of monuments that commemorate the history of this area.

More historic sites connected to the Republic of Texas: texastimetravel.com/node/28702
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A story of one of the most important Texans - Columbia (now West Columbia) was the capital of Texas on October 22, 1836. On that day, Sam Houston, the first president of the new Republic of Texas, gave his inaugural address.

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Remembering the Ramay - McAtee Lecture series, sponsored by the Bridge Street History Center on-going! ... See MoreSee Less

Hood County News:

Granbury Sons of the Republic of Texas receive Texas Historic Commission Award

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 7:48pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Eleven members of the local David Crockett Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas received special recognition and the Award of Merit in Historical Preservation from the Texas State Historical Commission at their meeting Monday for efforts and contributions to Texas cultural and historical resources.
Over the last two years, local members of the SRT took on a community service project to refinish faded, discolored, and damaged historical monuments in Granbury and Hood County. With financial assistance from Hood County Historical Commission for the cost of materials, volunteers refinished 26 historic markers to look new. Most of the refurbished markers are around the courthouse square, providing historical information about early Granbury to its many visitors.
Special guests attending the award ceremony were Hood County Judge Ron Massingill, who submitted the application for the award to the Texas Historical Commission, and President of the Hood County Historical Commission, Becki Barnes.

The participants in the marker renewal project and recipients of the award are: Errol Flannery, James Veale, Ron Sutton, Devin Lindsey, Charlie Gillespie, Phil Harris, Robert Hollmann, Jim Scott, Jerry Turner, Dan Vanderburg and Jerry White (not pictured).
Special thanks to SRT David Crockett Chapter President Devin Lindsey for this report.
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Hood County News: 

Granbury Sons of the Republic of Texas receive Texas Historic Commission Award

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 7:48pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Eleven members of the local David Crockett Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas received special recognition and the Award of Merit in Historical Preservation from the Texas State Historical Commission at their meeting Monday for efforts and contributions to Texas cultural and historical resources.
Over the last two years, local members of the SRT took on a community service project to refinish faded, discolored, and damaged historical monuments in Granbury and Hood County. With financial assistance from Hood County Historical Commission for the cost of materials, volunteers refinished 26 historic markers to look new. Most of the refurbished markers are around the courthouse square, providing historical information about early Granbury to its many visitors.
Special guests attending the award ceremony were Hood County Judge Ron Massingill, who submitted the application for the award to the Texas Historical Commission, and President of the Hood County Historical Commission, Becki Barnes.

The participants in the marker renewal project and recipients of the award are: Errol Flannery, James Veale, Ron Sutton, Devin Lindsey, Charlie Gillespie, Phil Harris, Robert Hollmann, Jim Scott, Jerry Turner, Dan Vanderburg and Jerry White (not pictured).
Special thanks to SRT David Crockett Chapter President Devin Lindsey for this report.
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