Saturday, March 16, 2013

San Felipe de Austin

The colonial Capital of Texas and home of Stephen F. Austin, "Father of Texas."  From 1824 to 1836, this was "the place" in Texas.

The site is situated on the Brazos River.

As you enter the site, there is this obelisk with a replica of the Josey store and Austin's cabin where he lived and worked.

This statue is of Austin, sitting on a piece of granite, to the right of the above picture.  Be sure you observe the writing on the backside of the statue.

Austin's cabin.

To read these plaques, click on the photo to enlarge.

Citizens burned the town in 1836 during the "Runaway Scrape" retreating from Santa Anna's army.

This is how he is pictured here.  Quite good looking huh?

In April of 1836, 3000 Mexican troops fought against Texan troops at San Felipe, and only one Texan was killed.

In 1835, the council at San Felipe approved the beginning of  "The Texas Rangers."

The term "Old 300" was used to describe the "Seed Colony of Texas."  As the empresario, this was the number of families Austin could bring in to settle this remote frontier.

Following the fall of the Alamo, Santa Anna and his forces briefly occupied the ruins of the town prior to their defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The old well is the only original entity of the town.  All buildings are replications.

We marveled at the idea of walking in the footsteps of our dedicated pioneers who fought so hard to make Texas what it is today!!!

In early 1836, the provisional government moved to Washington-on-the Brazos where the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

Join us next for our trip to Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Until next time...


  1. Interesting history. We once visited Washington on the Brazos. The bluebonnet is spectacular.

  2. Are the bluebonnets is bloom now? Hope we're back in Texas in time to see them.

    1. Some are and some are not...I think you will see some when you return. Our front yard is full of the not right now.