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East and West Columbia became home to many families lead to Texas in the mid-1800 by Stephen F. Austin. Their stories live on in the displays showcasing family history and the areas of commence that brought fame and growth and helped the communities to grow.

Farming (cotton, rice and sugar cane), navigation of the Brazos, cattle ranching and the discovery of oil in the early 20th century were the life lines of the people which resulted in the growth and prosperity of the area. The need for goods and supplies made retail merchants a new avenue of commerce.

Because of gifts and loans of artifacts, including papers from the beginning of the Republic of Texas, displays of the earliest times to the present day tell the story with visual clarity. The Museum offers the visitor a walk through the past with emphasis placed on the people who made Texas great.