LASR.net Homepage



Menu

Alley Log Cabin & Antique Tool Museum


category : Pioneer Life
This square-notch, fully furnished 1836 log cabin is an excellent example of Texas Colonial Period. The cabin was built, just after the Runaway Scrape, by one of the original "Old 300" settlers brought to Texas by Stephen F. Austin. It is one of the oldest surviving structures built during the Texas Revolution just after General Sam Houston ordered the area's buildings to be burned to the ground.

The Runaway Scrape

Benjamin Beeson, one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 colonists, settled here in 1822. His residence and business operations and a scattering of homesteads formed a settlement known as Beeson's Crossing.

In the early spring of 1836, the settlers found themselves in the perilous position in between Sam Houston's Army, camped on the east bank of the Colorado River opposite Beeson's crossing, and the Mexican Army led by General Juaquin Ramirez Y Sesma, fast approaching from the west.

Houston had chosen this site to camp because of its strategic location at the edge of the most populous part of Texas.

With his 1500 troops in position, Houston is said to have declared, "on the Colorado I make my stand." Notwithstanding this bold declaration, Houston unexpectedly removed his Army to the Brazos River on March 26th. Beeson's Crossing was subsequently burned to the ground by a detachment of Houston's Army scarcely hours before the arrival of Sesma's Army. The settlers fled during what is now known as The Runaway Scrape. The Texas Army went on to defeat Santa Anna and the Mexican Army at San Jacinto in a decisive battle for Texas Independence.


Admission: $2 per person
Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Address: 1224 Bowie Street
Phone: 979-732-5135

Come visit us in Columbus, Texas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Confederate Memorial Museum

The Confederate Memorial Museum is housed in Columbus' original water tower. The building now resembles a castle turret. This museum includes unusual historic items from throughout Colorado County, to include ladies'

Columbus, TX Museums


2nd Largest Live Oak in Texas

Tree lovers must see the Second Largest Recorded Live Oak Tree in Texas. This massive tree is recognized by the Texas Forest Service among their "Registry of Champion Big Trees," and is believed to be the 2nd largest in the state. Thought to be approximately 500

Columbus, TX Natural Attractions

1923 Highway 90 Bridge

Tucked along the meandering banks of the Colorado River, Columbus is accessible by several bridges. Of special interest is the Highway 90 bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a Multi-span Parker Through Truss bridge, which was opened in 1932 near Beason'

Columbus, TX Historic Bridges

Historic Sites in Columbus

Medallions of the State Historical Survey Committee have been placed on almost 80 sites in Columbus. The newest concept in providing historical and architectural information is the unique "Talking Houses"

Columbus, TX Tours

Things to do Pioneer Life near Columbus, TX

Sneed Log Cabin

In 1838, Joseph P. Sneed crossed the prairies on horseback to bring his family and the Bible to a new home in Texas. He and h...

Bruce Park

Right in the heart of downtown, Bruce Park is a small park that features the preserved home of William Wills. Other period it...

Alley Log Cabin & Antique Tool Museum

This square-notch, fully furnished 1836 log cabin is an excellent example of Texas Colonial Period. The cabin was built, just...

Milam Calaboose

Located across from the Milam County Historical Museum housed in the historic jail, the bid to build the 1862 calaboose was a...