It was first settled in 1821, and natives seemed to believe that legends of the mythological Montezuma had pointed to this area as his dwelling place.
People Born in Columbus
Columbus in People's Lives
Sam Houston: I was joined by about 200 additional troops here, while marching with a mediocre force of about 600 soldiers in 1836. While in the area, I learned of the horrific Fannin Disaster - a slaughter of approximately 400 of my captured troops by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. I hastened along with my retreat away from Santa Anna's forces, a retreat that had been going on now for many days and miles. I began to draw criticism, as others questioned my bravery.