Historic cemeteries in
Colorado, Texas

Adams Cemetery Adkins Cemetery Allen Cemetery Alley Cemetery Alleyton Cemetery Boeer Cemetery Boetcher Cemetery Borden Cemetery Bretschneider Cemetery Brown Cemetery Brownson Cemetery Brune Cemetery Cheetham Cemetery Clear Creek Cemetery Columbus' Old City Cemetery Eagle Lake Cemetery North Fitzgerald Cemetery Floyd Cemetery Gaedecke Cemetery Garwood Cemetery Garwood Methodist Cemetery Gay Hill Cemetery Grace Cemetery Grewe Cemetery Halyard Cemetery Hebrew Benevolence Society Cemetery Hehr Cemetery Hill Memorial Park Cemetery Himley Cemetery Hinks Cemetery Ijams Cemetery Jokse Cemetery Kaiser Cemetery Kansteiner Cemetery Kellner Cemetery Laas Cemetery Lakeside Cemetery Lilie Cemetery Live Oak Cemetery Masonic Cemetery McElory Cemetery Mexican Cemetery Miller Cemetery Miller Creek Cemetery Montgomery Thatcher Cemetery Mount Zion Cemetery Myrtle Cemetery Nada Cemetery Oakland Cemetery Old Brune Cemetery Old Osage Cemetery Osage Community Cemetery Pinchback Obenchain Cemetery Pleasant Hill Cemetery Pleasant Hill Cemetery Prause Cemetery Rees Cemetery Reichardt Cemetery Riesing Cemetery Shaws Bend Cemetery Shepard Memorial Cemetery Sommerlotte Cemetery St. Michael Cemetery Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery Union Hill Cemetery Unknown (Marys Branch) Cemetery Unknown (Columbus; S Of City Park) Cemetery Unknown (Columbus; S Of City Park) Cemetery Unknown (Cottonwood Creek) Cemetery Unknown (E Of Gay Hill Cem) Cemetery Unknown (E Of Greater Rising Star Ch) Cemetery Unknown (E Of McKinnon Branch) Cemetery Unknown (Mt Carmel Ch) Cemetery Unknown (N Of Kansteiner Cem) Cemetery Unknown (Nada; St Mary Ch) Cemetery Unknown (NE Of Kellner Cem) Cemetery Unknown (NW Of Zion Cem) Cemetery Unknown (S Of Ratliff Creek) Cemetery Unknown (San Bernard River) Cemetery Unknown (St Peter And Paul) Cemetery Unknown (St Rochs Ch) Cemetery Unknown (Trinity Ch) Cemetery Unknown (W Of South Point Ch) Cemetery Unknown Grave Cemetery Unknown Graves Cemetery Weimar Masonic Cemetery Willing Workers Cemetery Zimmerscheidt-Leyendecker Cemetery Zion Cemetery
The state of Texas was once an independent country known as the Republic of Texas. It gained independence from Mexico in 1836 and was a separate nation until it was annexed by the United States in 1845.
Colorado County, located in southeastern Texas, has a rich and varied history that stretches back to its establishment in 1836 as part of the Republic of Texas. The county was named after the Colorado River, which flows through it. The area was initially inhabited by various Native American groups, including the Karankawa and the Coahuiltecan tribes. The first European settlers arrived in the early 1820s, and by the 1830s, the region had become a hub for Anglo-American colonization.

During the Republic of Texas era, Colorado County saw rapid growth and development. The county seat, Columbus, was established in 1839 and quickly became a major commercial center. The town served as an important stop on the Old San Felipe Road, a major transportation route connecting East and Central Texas. The discovery of oil and gas in the region in the early 20th century further fueled the county's growth and economic prosperity.

Colorado County played an important role during the Civil War. Many residents of German descent who settled in the county were Union sympathizers, while others supported the Confederacy. The county witnessed several skirmishes and military actions, including the Battle of Columbus in 1862, when Confederate forces repelled a Union raid. After the war, the county slowly rebuilt its economy and infrastructure.

In the 20th century, Colorado County diversified its economy beyond agriculture. The discovery of oil and gas led to the development of a thriving energy industry, and manufacturing and services sectors also grew. Today, Colorado County is a mix of suburban and rural areas, with agriculture, oil and gas, and tourism forming the pillars of its economy. The county continues to preserve its historical sites and celebrate its diverse heritage, attracting visitors from across the state and beyond.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Colorado County, Texas.

  • 1821: The area that would become Colorado County, TX is included in Austin's Colony, established by the Mexican government.
  • 1835: The area plays a role in the Texas Revolution as volunteers from Colorado County participate in the Battle of Gonzales.
  • 1837: Colorado County is officially established as a county in the Republic of Texas.
  • 1838: Columbus is selected as the county seat.
  • 1846: Colorado County is incorporated into the state of Texas as it becomes part of the United States.
  • 1850s: The county experiences rapid growth as more settlers move into the area, establishing farms and ranches.
  • 1861: With the outbreak of the Civil War, many residents of Colorado County actively support the Confederacy.
  • 1870s: The county's economy starts to diversify with the discovery of oil, leading to the establishment of oil wells and refineries.
  • 1935: The Lower Colorado River Authority is established, and dams are constructed in the area for flood control and water supply.
  • 1970s: Colorado County experiences an agricultural decline as farming becomes less profitable.
  • 1997: The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts is opened in Austin, providing a cultural center for the region.