Columbus, the seat of Colorado County, was settled in 1823 by members of Stephen F. Austin's original colony. The community bills itself as "The City of Live Oaks" and is known for its Texian-era heritage, natural beauty and lovingly restored historic buildings. A historical marker downtown identifies an old oak under which the first court of the Third Judicial District of the Republic of Texas convened in 1837.
The city is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region. It also is on the Columbus Paddling Trail designated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This section of the Colorado River spans approximately six miles. Information kiosks are at boat ramps/canoe put-in under the North Bridge and at the take-out point in Beason's Park on Hwy. 90. Canoes, kayaks and innertubes available for rent.