Colorado River (Texas)

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The Colorado River is the 18th longest river in the United States and the longest river with both its source and mouth within Texas; its drainage basin and some of its usually dry tributaries extend into New Mexico. The 862-mile (1,387 km) long river flows generally southeast from Dawson County through Marble Falls, Austin, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, and Bay City before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda Bay. [1]

History[edit | edit source]

The Colorado River, measured in length and drainage area, is the largest river wholly in Texas. The river flows across the rolling prairie near San Saba County, enters the more rugged Hill Country and the Llano basin, and passes through a series of canyons before it issues from the Balcones Escarpment at Austin. Historic associations along the Colorado include the river's use as a route inland by early colonists, including several of the Old Three Hundred who settled on its banks; the establishment of Austin as the seat of government in 1839; and the fact that in 1844, when both England and France were working to prevent the annexation of Texas by the United States, the British minister in Mexico secured a written avowal from Antonio López de Santa Anna to recognize the independence of Texas with the Colorado River as its boundary.[2]

States Records[edit | edit source]

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. ["Colorado River (Texas) " in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at Colorado River (Texas) (accessed March 4 2013).
  2. COLORADO RIVER (Texas State Historical Association)