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East Columbia, Texas

East Columbia, located on the Brazos River nine miles west of Angleton,is in west central Brazoria County.

History

Marion, or Bell’s Landing, two miles distant from Columbia, since 1831, has had an increase of a number of dwelling houses, and several large warehouses, one of which was built by an extensive dealer in cotton, many bales of which I have observed in going up the river, lying on the shore ready to be shipped. Some of the line trees have been cut away, and in some places the banks have caved in, which with the business-like air of the place, have destroyed much of the picturesque effects observed on my former visit. - Texas by Holley, Mary Austin; Austin, Texas, 1935, page 114

East Columbia was founded by Josiah Hughes Bell in 1823. Bell's plantation landing on the Brazos, which served as a supply depot for settlements on the river above, was first known as Bell's Landing, but in 1824 Bell laid out the new town and named it Marion. He advertised the sale of lots in 1829, but the promotion did not succeed. By 1831 the community had only two or three cabins, a country store, and the frame house of Bell's plantation. As large sugar and cotton plantations were established in the area, however, mercantile establishments, saloons, wharves, warehouses, and large homes grew up around the Bell home, and trading schooners carried goods from the riverport to New Orleans. Bell sold the townsite of what was to become East Columbia to Walter C. White on October 1, 1827, but the name "Bell's Landing" remained in use until at least 1840. By 1842, when Bell's settlement on the prairie was known as West Columbia, the community had been renamed East Columbia. Read More East Columbia History from the Handbook of Texas Online >>

Location

29° 8' 28.896" N, 95° 36' 56.808" W