Small-town charm and friendly people define West Columbia where you can say hello to history.
West Columbia was the First Capital of the Republic of Texas – the epicenter of Texas history, where in 1836 the first congress of the nation of Texas met to craft a government, postal system, navy and more. Our accurate replica of the First Capitol Building is a great place to begin your adventure, and often, our mayor, Laurie Kincannon, leads the tour of this treasure.
Early Texas history is everywhere you look in West Columbia with sites including the restored nationally acclaimed and restored Rosenwald School, the Capitol of Texas Park, the historic Old Columbia Cemetery, Varner-Hogg State Historic Site; and nearby East Columbia Historical District and Nash Prairie Preserve among others.
The Visitor’s Center is located right on highway 35 as you come into town and has information regarding historical sites, boutique shopping, dining spots and great events. Ask about suggested itineraries. Mayor Laurie Kincannon leads tours.
Located just 20 minutes from State Highway 288, at the intersection of highways 35 and 36, West Columbia sits at the crossroads of small-town ambience and convenience. We are just an hour southwest of Houston and 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico.
West Columbia, Texas512 E. Brazos
West Columbia, TX 77486