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C olumbus C ommunity H ospital P hysicians Colorado County Visitors’ Guide

110 Shult Drive • Columbus, TX 78934 www.columbusch.com

“Your Health Matters”

(979) 732-2371 Internal/Geriatrics Medicine

Family Medicine

JAMES HRACHOVY, M.D.

Family Medicine/Obstetrics

Columbus Medical Clinic

Family Medicine

Columbus Medical Clinic

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

Columbus Medical Clinic

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

TROY MILLICAN, M.D.

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

THOMAS MUELLER, M.D.

Pediatric Medicine

Obstetrics/Gynecology

Family Medicine/Obstetrics

Columbus Medical Clinic

Columbus Medical Clinic

ESLAM ELHAMMADY, M.D. FACOG

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

109 Shult Drive Columbus, Texas (979) 732-6263

KIRK ANDERSON, M.D.

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 733-0095

Columbus Medical Clinic

Four Oaks Medical Clinic

109 Shult Drive Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2336

DAVID NEISNER, M.D.

Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Four Oaks Medical Clinic

TOM HANCHER, M.D.

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2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 733-0095

CHRISTIAN FREEMAN, M.D.

Columbus Medical Clinic 2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

RAMASHILPA SUDIREDDY, M.D.

Internal Medicine/Family Medicine

Orthopedics

Columbus Medical Clinic

CCH Professional Bldg.

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2318

2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2371 ext. 556 General Surgery

General Surgery

Surgical Associates, PLLC

Surgical Associates, PLLC

DAVID WILKINSON, M.D.

1860 Hwy. 71 S. Columbus, Texas (979) 732-6552

Emergency Medicine

CCH Emergency Dept. 110 Shult Drive Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2371

DONNA CAMPBELL, M.D.

Ophthalmology

Columbus Eye Associates 100 Sweetbriar Lane Columbus, Texas (979) 732-5771

TODD HOVIS, M.D.

HEATHER VASSER, M.D., AFACS

JULIO AREBALO, M.D., FACS

Family Medicine

CCH Emergency Dept. 110 Shult Drive Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2371

GABRIEL VALENCIA, M.D.

Ophthalmology

Columbus Eye Associates 100 Sweetbriar Lane Columbus, Texas (979) 732-5771

ARUN NAYAR, M.D.

1860 Hwy 71 S Columbus, Texas (979) 732-6552

SANDY BAHM, M.D.

Family Medicine

CCH Emergency Dept. 110 Shult Drive Columbus, Texas (979) 732-2371

OBI AKAHARA, M.D.

Ophthalmology

Columbus Eye Associates 100 Sweetbriar Lane Columbus, Texas (979) 732-5771

LORI LEARNED, M.D.


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n behalf of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, welcome to historic Colorado County, named after the river that runs through it and to Columbus, the county seat. Known for its Republic-era history and its lovingly restored Victorian homes, Columbus is a refreshingly relaxing get-away that has retained its charm and natural beauty, while simultaneously embracing the modern amenities expected of today’s traveler. Elegant and energetic with a personality that is authentically Texas, Columbus has captured the hearts and minds of generations. Explore Columbus and like those before you, you’ll discover an oak strewn oasis intersected with scenic riverbanks, brackish creeks, shallow bays and roadways filled with wildflowers. You’ll also find a town alive with museums, art galleries,

restaurants, boutiques, a first-class healthcare and surgical center, the Texas Crossroads Business Park and a nice array of outdoor recreational facilities. During your stay, make your first stop the Chamber of Commerce located downtown on the first floor of the Stafford Opera House. Designed by Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton, the Opera House is host to a small museum, monthly dinner theater, exhibits, weddings and galas. Ask about our Talking Houses program, a self-guided audio tour designed to enhance your visit to our historic sites with the assistance of your car radio. Then, begin your walking tour. While downtown, visit the Live Oak Art Center, discretely tucked inside a 19th century-era saloon Kim Dyer known as the Brunson Building. Columbus Chamber Also downtown are the Confederate of Commerce Memorial Museum, which is housed Executive Director in an old water tower that now resembles a castle turret and the Colorado County Courthouse, which features a stunning stained glass dome in the second floor district courtroom. Within walking distance are the 1836 Alley Log Cabin, a Santa Claus Museum and the Nesbitt Memorial Library, host to an extensive doll collection and array of literary and musical events. While in Columbus, take time out to shop our unique boutiques where you are sure to fulfill both your practical needs and your most whimsical desires. Before departing, you’ll want to drive by and take a peek at our large Live Oak, once listed on the Registry of Big Trees as the second largest in the state. Visit any time of year and you are sure to find something to do.  Thanks to the town’s natural beauty, gently rolling hills and easy river access, Columbus is becoming an amateur athlete’s paradise. Bike races and 5k runs have long been popular events and in recent years, the river has been a select site for canoe races and championships.  Due to our designation as an Inland Paddling Trail by Texas Parks and Wildlife, canoeing is gaining in popularity as a family friendly activity. Special events are Columbus’ specialty. Whether it is the irreverent and witty Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour hosted each fall by the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Ladies’ Night Out, dinner theatres at the Historic Stafford Opera House, a rocking concert at the County Fairgrounds, a cattle auction, the annual Live Oak Festival hosted each spring, or a Town and Country Homes Tour, Columbus has something to offer just about everyone any time of year. To learn more, log onto our website at www.columbustexas.org or just give us a call at 979-732-8385.  We would love to talk with you!

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Columbus ... The first Anglo settlers arrived around Christmas 1821 near the site that was to become the city of Columbus. In 1823, the area was surveyed and platted by some of the original 300 families of the Stephen F. Austin Colony. These early settlers fought drought, Indian attacks and illness to hold onto their new homes. The village of Columbus was laid out and named in 1835. During the following March, the Alamo fell, Fannin’s men were massacred at Goliad and General Sam Houston’s Texas army was forced to retreat from Gonzales with the Mexican army in close pursuit. The Texans camped on the east bank and the Mexicans on the west bank of the Colorado River near Columbus, with camps at each of the three area river crossings, Beason’s, Dewees’ and the Atascosito. Both armies remained in these positions for five to six days, until Houston, over the opposition of many of his men, ordered a withdrawal. Many of the Colorado River settlers fled east before the armies in what became known as the “Runaway Scrape.” But, after Houston’s army defeated the Mexican army at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, they slowly returned to their homes, many of which had been burned to the ground. The work of organizing Colorado County was completed in 1837. In later years, portions of the county were used in creation of Fayette, Lavaca and other adjoining counties. The first district court session in the new county was in April 1837 and was conducted in one of the few remaining buildings at Columbus, an old schoolhouse near the river. The judge at that session was Robert McAlpin Williamson, a colorful early-Texas character known as Three-Legged Willie because he had a wooden leg attached to his crippled left leg. In later years, a legend arose that the first court session had been conducted under an oak tree in town. In the 1840s, Colonel Robert Robson, originally from Dumfries, Scotland, moved to Columbus. He built a concrete home on the north side of town, near the river. The home was so impressive, and so large, that is became known as “the castle.” Allegedly, it was the first home in the area with running water, supplied from a cistern on the roof. In the early 1850s, Columbus became a substantial place, with many brick and concrete buildings. Commerce, however, was impaired by its remoteness from transportation systems. For years, entrepreneurs sponsored endeavors to make the Colorado River commercially navigable, each of which failed. Just before the Civil War, a rail line was completed from Houston to Alleyton, a small town just across the river from Columbus. During the war, Alleyton was a center of the Confederate cotton trade. The majority of Columbus and Colorado County residents voted in favor of secession in 1861 and many of the ablebodied men served in the Confederate military. Others, including the old and very young, women and children, and the large number of slaves, kept the farms in operation. ■ see COLUMBUS, page 5

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Annual Events Calendar JANUARY Student Rodeo Art Exhibit – Live Oak Art Center

FEBRUARY Dinner Theater - Stafford Opera House Chamber of Commerce Banquet – Stafford Opera House

MARCH The Texas Independence Relay Trailhead – Texas Historical Shootists Society Dinner Theater – Stafford Opera House FFA Show & Sale – Colorado County Fairgrounds

APRIL Greg Lundgren 5K Run/Walk – Beason’s Park BP MS 150 Bike Ride Junk in the Park Dinner Theater – Stafford Opera House Attwater Prairie Chicken Festival – Eagle Lake Rajun Cajun Fest – Colorado County Fairgrounds

MAY Rolling Hills Bike Challenge – Beason’s Park Texas Live Oak Festival – Square in Downtown Columbus Annual Juried Art Exhibit – Live Oak Art Center Dinner Theater – Stafford Opera House

JUNE IBCA Cook-off – Colorado County Fairgrounds

JULY TX Oldest Independence Day Celebration – Beason’s Park Easy Riders Rodeo Tour

AUGUST Colorado River 100 Canoe Marathon – Howell Canoe Livery

SEPTEMBER Colorado County Fair – Colorado County Fairgrounds Health Fair & Walk – Columbus Community Hospital

OCTOBER Dinner Theater – Stafford Opera House St. Anthony Fall Festival – St. Anthony Catholic Church St. Anthony Halloween Carnival Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet Mentz Church Picnic Witches Tea – Silver Barn

NOVEMBER Live Oaks & Dead Folks Cemetery Tour Dinner Theater – Stafford Opera House Boots & Bling Gala

DECEMBER Candlelight Homes Tour Ladies Night Out Breakfast with Santa Christmas Cantata New Years Eve Dance – Live Oak Art Center Dinner Theatre – Stafford Opera House

Rotating exhibits with artists receptions throughout the year and an excellent permanent collection at the Live Oak Art Center.

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Columbus ... As they were in most of Texas, the Reconstruction years were exceedingly violent. As cotton-raising declined in importance, many men made fortunes raising cattle. One millionaire cattleman, Robert E. Stafford, build an expensive and well-appointed theater, the Stafford Opera House, on the courthouse square. In the few years after it opened in 1887, the opera house hosted several first-rate performers. In the early 20th century, the sand and gravel industry and rice farming became important cogs in the local economy. Later, steady production of oil and gas brought more money into the county. In 1923, Columbus marked its centennial with a celebration, which attracted hundreds of visitors. Several historically oriented events and festivals followed, including notably the Columbus Sesquicentennial in 1973 and the Columbus Terquasquicentennial in 1998. Edited by the late Bill Stein, Former curator of the Nesbitt Memorial Library

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Who to call ... UTILITIES: City of Columbus (979) 732-2366 605 Spring St. • Columbus City of Weimar (979) 725-8554 106 E. Main • Weimar City of Eagle Lake (979) 234-2640 100 E. Main • Eagle Lake Glidden Water District (979) 732-8855 200 Clayborne • Glidden New Ulm Water Supply (979) 992-3699 Sheridan Water Corp. (979) 234-7422 GAS: Centerpoint Energy (800) 427-7142 TELEPHONE AT&T (800) 288-2020 - New ELEcTrIcITy: San Bernard Electric (979) 732-8346 (800) 364-3171

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PUBLIc ScHOOLS: Columbus ISD: Administration: (979) 732-5704 Elementary ...................732-2078 Jr. High .........................732-2891 High School ..................732-5746 Weimar ISD: Administration: (979) 725-9504 Elementary ...................725-6009 Jr. High .........................725-9515 High School ..................725-9504 Rice CISD: Administration: (979) 234-6311 High School ..................234-3535 cOUNTy OffIcES: County Judge (979) 732-2604 400 Spring St., Columbus Commissioner Pct. 1 (979) 234-2071 Commissioner Pct. 2 (979) 725-8416 Commissioner Pct. 3 (979) 732-3270 Commissioner Pct. 4 (979) 234-2633

County Attorney (979) 732-8203 County Clerk (979) 732-2155 District Clerk (979) 732-2536 Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 (979) 234-2734 Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 (979) 725-8833 Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 (979) 732-8725 Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 (979) 234-2042 POLIcE: EMERGENCY: 911 Colorado County Sheriff (979) 732-2388 Columbus Police Dept. (979) 732-3351 Eagle Lake Police Dept. (979) 234-2727 Weimar Police Dept. (979) 725-8060 Department of Public Safety (979) 732-3651

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Columbus Community Hospital ...

Columbus Community Hospital Shult Dr. • Columbus • (979) 732-2371 • www.columbusch.com Columbus Community Hospital is a 40-bed, acute care medical and surgical facility recognized throughout the community as a comprehensive health care organization. As a rural hospital, Columbus offers its patients the best that advanced technology has to offer combined with the warm personalized care of a hometown facility. Our patients can expect “your health matters” continuity of care administered in a caring and friendly environment by dedicated pro-

fessionals wholly committed to serving them. As one of largest employers in Columbus, CCH maintains a significant contribution to the economic health of the surrounding area. Every member of the Columbus Community Hospital staff is committed to a common goal: effectively meeting the needs of patients and their families. Through an emphasis on innovative service and top quality care, Columbus Community Hospital is positioned to meet the health care challenges now and in the future. This organization is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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United Daughters of the Confederacy 1883 Confederate Memorial Museum SW corner of the courthouse square • Columbus Housed in the city’s original water tower, the building now resembles a castle turret. The museum includes unusual historic items from throughout Colorado County, including ladies’ mourning jewelry, rare china, military uniforms and a three-barrel shotgun.

1836 Alley Log Cabin & Antique Tool Museum 1224 Bowie St. • Columbus (979) 732-8385 • Fee: No fee Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This square-notch, fully furnished 1836 log cabin is an excellent example of Texas Colonial Period. The cabin was built, just after the Runaway Scrape, by one of the original "Old 300" settlers brought to Texas by Stephen F. Austin. It is one of the oldest surviving structures built during the Texas Revolution just after General Sam Houston ordered the area's buildings to be burned to the ground.

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1890 Colorado County Courthouse Downtown Columbus 979-732-2604 Fee: No charge Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm Designed by Eugene Heiner in 1891, this building is the third courthouse erected in Columbus, with the first having been built in 1836. Attractions include a Tiffany-style stained glass dome in the 2nd floor district courtroom and a Seth Thomas clock on the first floor.

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum 604 Washington St. • Columbus 979-732-5135 Fee: $2 per person, 12 years & older; $1 for children ages 6-11: Free for children under 5 Open for group tours and special events. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for holiday hours. A tribute to holiday-themed popular culture, this interesting museum features over 2,000 representations of Santa Claus, to include such notable items as the Duncan Royale series of Santas, Thomas Nast styled artwork from the famous 19th century American cartoonist, and figurines by CocaCola’s Haddon Sunbloom. The exhibit comprises a remarkable collection of creatively designed figurines made from a wide variety of materials to include ceramics, gourds, glass, cast iron, plastic, wood, fabric, glass and even a Reader’s Digest.


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Nesbitt MeMorial library 529 Washington st. • Columbus 979-732-3392 • www.columbustexas.net/library Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm In addition to a vast collection of literary works and archives, the library features a small collection of fine art, art reproductions and a doll collection with over 200 dolls and related artifacts, many of which were once owned by benefactor Lee Quinn Nesbitt. In 1997, the Friends of the Nesbitt Memorial Library began sponsoring talks and book-signings by a number of Texas authors and historians, including Mark Chapman, Randolph B. Campbell, Barry A. Crouch and others. The library now offers eBook, audiobook and video downloads for patrons and free wi-fi is always available.

live oak art Center (1891 brUNsoN bUilDiNG) 1014 Milam St. • Columbus • 979-732-8398 www.liveoakartcenter.org • Fee: No charge. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10 am-2pm In 1848, Scotsman Robert Robson built a castle on the river and began providing homes to local and itinerant artists. Today, creative spirits can rejuvenate at the Live Oak Art Center, housed in the historic Brunson Building downtown. Established by local citizens in 1954, the gallery shines as a beacon for new and aspiring artists and art livers by providing workshops for all ages, hosting rotating exhibits, and maintaining an outstanding permanent collection. Of special interest are the ‘meet the artist’ socials and exhibit openings. The building and adjoining patio also serve as a meeting facility for weddings, galas and other special events.

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Magnolia Oaks B&B

Little Red House B&B www.magnoliaoaks.com 979 732 2726 • 979-732-1256


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Second Largest Live Oak Tree in Texas Best viewed from 1218 Walnut St. • Columbus Tree lovers must see the Second Largest Recorded Live Oak Tree in Texas. This massive tree is recognized by the Texas Forest Service among their "Registry of Champion Big Trees," and is believed to be the 2nd largest in the state. Thought to be approximately 500 years old, the tree has a score of 413 on the index scoring system, which combines the tree's circumference, height and one-fourth of the average crown spread. It measures 75 feet tall and 310 inches in circumference.

We’re here with a helping hand because “everyone needs a little TLC every now and then!”

1511 Montezuma St. • Columbus

(979) 733-0500 www.tlc-columbus.com

Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum 1002 Milam St. • Columbus • 979-733-0266 The Preston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum was established to honor Shatto’s life-long interest in the outdoors and wildlife conservation. It was founded in January 1987 by John Hollis Massey, the son-in-law, and Elizabeth Anne Shatto Massey, the daughter of Shatto. There are currently more than 75 different species of wildlife exhibited in the Shatto Museum. All of these exhibits were collected by either Shatto’s grandson John Hollis Massey II or by John Hollis Massey’s father, Hollis Massey. Exhibits include wildlife specimens collected from across Texas, Mexico, the United States, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and many different sections of Africa including the nations of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.


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Annual Events ... Live Oaks & Dead Folks Cemetery Tour Hosted at local cemetery each fall; Date and location vary. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Memorial Library www.columbustexas.net/library The legendary and century-old feuds of Colorado County are so fascinating that someone once wrote a book about them. Annually, the Nesbitt Memorial Library conducts the “Live Oaks & Dead Folks Cemetery Tour,” during which casts of characters who lived through such memorable times spring to life through the eyes of history and the voices of local re-enactors. Participate in the tour and you’ll meet the ghosts of Columbus’ past whose strange, heroic and sometimes tragic tales will have you wiping away tears of both joy and sorrow. This event is a fun and unique way to learn about Texas history, while celebrating those who lived through it.

Junk in the Park Beason’s Park on the Colorado River Tentatively scheduled for April 14, 2012 Sponsored by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce A version of a citywide garage sale, “Junk in the Park,” is a chance to gather in Beason’s Park where participants can sell items, crafts and collectibles. Whether it’s antiques, something new, or simply the garage sale “stuff” you’ve been boxing up for sale, think about your participation in the Chamber’s Junk in the Park next Spring.

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Holiday Social & Dance Sponsored by Columbus Chamber of Commerce Friday, Dec. 30 • 7-11:30 pm at the Live Oak Art Center Come celebrate the holidays with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Hit Men. Tickets are $25 per person and include the dance, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and lots of fun. A laser light show is also in the works, to help make this THE “social event of the holiday season.”

Trailhead Family Festival • Gunsmoke, Texas Texas Historical Shootist Society • www.thss.org Four miles north of I-10 on Hwy 71; 1 mile west on FM 1890 Featured in Shootists Magazine (2005) and on the Outdoor Channel (2005) the Texas Historical Shootist Society has gained national recognition as one of the premier Western Action Shooting facilities in the country. The THSS works to preserve the history of the old west through period dress and through the multi-faceted shooting spot in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: The organization hosts a monthly shoot at its facility on the third Sunday, and each spring hosts “Trailhead,” a family-oriented festival that features action shooting, food and vendor booths and lots of socializing. The Yaupon Creek Silhouette Assocation also uses the facility on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

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Live Oak Festival Downtown Columbus Telephone: 979-732-8385 This annual event will be back, with a fresh new look and name, in the Fall of 2012 when renovations to the courthouse are completed. First begun as a showcase for the area’s artistic talent, the festival will include reenactments depicting the Runaway Scrape and other historical events in Columbus’ colorful past, music, food and the presentation of the beautiful Magnolia Belles.

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Fourth of July Celebration Columbus Chamber of Commerce Visit www.columbustexas.org for more details. Hosted by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual Independence Day festivity boasts being the ‘oldest’ celebration of its kind in Texas. A spectacular fireworks display, live entertainment, food and drinks make the Fourth of July an evening to remember for the entire family.

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Colorado County Fair Colorado County Ag Complex Hwy 71 • Columbus www.coloradocountyfair.org Scheduled annually each fall, this event features nationally known entertainers, rodeos, parades, antique tractor and engine shows, the Fair Queen contest, an art/photography display and needlework, handicrafts, baked goods and floriculture contests. Rodeo events run from Wednesday to Sunday and include invitational round-robin steer roping, 50 head bull riding and CPRA rodeo.

Ladies Night Out 5 to 9 p.m. • December 1 Columbus • Telephone: 979-732-8385 The Christmas spirit comes alive Thursday, Dec. 1 as numerous area merchants participate in ‘Ladies Night Out.’ During the annual event, sponsored by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, merchants will keep their doors open late for Christmas shoppers, often with door prizes and refreshments for customers including wine on the Wine Walk. Participants may purchase a souvenir wine glass at the chamber office and receive samples of wine at participating shops. Vendors will have booths in the Buddy Rau Room of the Stafford Opera House as well.

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HOTELS Comfort Inn 2535 Highway 71 S • Columbus 979-732-3785 www.comfortinn.com Relax and unwind at Comfort Inn and Suites in Columbus. Inviting rooms are just ahead! After a long day of travel, you’ll start to relax the moment you walk into the warm, welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy all of the amenities you require including soft, coy bedding, free breakfast, swimming pool and free internet access. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! Columbus Inn 2208 Hwy 71 S. • I-10 Exit 696 • Columbus 979-732-5723 This AAA-approved motel has 72 spacious guest rooms, ample parking, an outdoor pool and restaurant on site.

Country Hearth Inn 2436 Hwy 71 S., Corner of I-10 & Hwy 71 S., Exit 696 Columbus • www.countryhearth.com 979-732-6293 • Fax: 979-732-6211 Reservations: 979-732-6293 or 888-325-7817 This charming, locally owned and operated motel has 40 spacious guest rooms, and incredible breakfast, lobby with fireplace, free local calls, internet access and HBO, CNN and ESPN.

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The Little Red House Bed & Breakfast 634 Spring St. • Columbus 979-732-2726 • www.magnoliaoaks.com Next door to Magnolia Oaks is the charming 1860s German Saltbox cottage named The Little Red House. The cottage has a roomy suite, the Flag Suite, which has two bedrooms each with queen beds as well as a sunny sitting porch and bath. The suite accommodates from two to four people. The Upper Room of The Little House has two double beds with bath downstairs. The Little Red House common room has an historic painted ceiling of Texas wildflowers and the Texas star.

Magnolia Oaks Bed & Breakfast 634 Spring St. • Columbus 979-732-2726 • www.magnoliaoaks.com You’ll find true southern hospitality at this 1890 Eastlake Victorian home in the heart of historic Columbus. Gingerbread porches shaded by massive oaks and magnolia trees offer pleasant afternoons. You’ll be intrigued by the true Texana décor that fills both Magnolia Oaks and The Little Red House next door. Member of the Historic Accommodations of Texas. Prairie Street Heritage House 1118 Prairie St. • Columbus • 979-732-5555 Turn of the century charm can be found at this newly restored 1890 heritage house. Located in the historic district, you will find accommodations that sleep up to eight. Guests will enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast in the midst of period furnishings and an occasional afternoon tea served in the Camellia Room. Prairie Street Heritage House will gladly host weddings, receptions, showers and other special events.

rV ParkS Columbus RV Park 1011 New World Dr. • Columbus 979-732-6455 • 800-657-6108 columbusrvpark.1@sbcglobal.net www.columbusrvpark.net Park has 50+ sites available, all pull through. Full hook ups are available: 30-50 AMP service. Free wi-fi, free cable, four washers and dryers are available, restrooms are kept very clean and well decorated with city water and city sewer on-site. Enjoy peace and quiet with no train or highway noise. Columbus RV Park is within walking distance of seven eateries with the closest store within walking distance at only 200 feet. Columbus RV Park sits on 12 quiet acres keeping you remote yet close to all of the amenities that Columbus has to offer!

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Beckey’s Café 1237 Bowie • Columbus • 979-732-5553 Beckey’s is right up there when it comes to hometown cooking and small town charm. Get there early in the morning and you can get a cup of coffee along with the latest news on what’s happening in the area. Home-style lunches and real made-from-scratch pies and desserts are available daily. If you’re looking for a place to experience the local culture, this is it.

Cascades Restaurant at The Falls Golf Course & Resort 1750 North Falls Dr. • New Ulm 979-992-3123 • www.thefallsresort.com Venture out to The Cascades for fine dining at this premier 18-hole golf course and resort. Voted by San Antonio Express News as “Best Hidden Gem,” the tranquil beauty of the solid cedar and pine forests, lakes connected by cascading waterfalls that wind throughout the golf course property, and a wonderful array of domestic and exotic animals combine to provide guests with an unparalleled sense of serenity. Formosa Chinese Restaurant 2208 Hwy. 71 (near the Columbus Inn) • Columbus 979-732-2398 Served with steamed or fried rice, Formosa offers perennial favorites such as General Tso’s chicken, Mongolian Beef and Lemon Chicken, along with specialty items such as Seafood with Asian Stew Cream and Woo Shi Ribs. Vegetarian and children’s plates are available. Hruska’s Store & Bakery 109 W. State Hwy 71 • Ellinger • 979-378-2333 Stop by Hruska’s and stroll back into Czech history to enjoy local treats like pig-in-the-blankets and warm kolaches. Varieties of indulgences include sausage with jalapeno cheese, pan sausage with sauerkraut, cherry cream cheese puffs, along with many more mouth-watering pastries and skrumptions. Also included in the store are holiday gift items, UT and A&M collectibles and a variety of home décor items. Live Oak Smoke House “On the Square” • 1114 Milam St. • Columbus 979-733-8929 Drop in Live Oak Smoke House and enjoy true southern barbecue and hospitality. Locally owned and family operated, this place is smokin’ with real flavor and all the fixins’ that are made fresh every day. The atmosphere is casual, yet unique, and features an old time bar from Columbus’ early days. Open for lunch or dinner.


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Shopping, Services ... Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant 2101 Milam • Columbus Los Cabos 979-732-9744 Dine in or take out, this Mexican food restaurant features colorful food and décor, both just right for those with hearty appetites. Stop by and be instantly transported to a small Mexican villa complete with authentic food and a full bar. MEXICAN GRILL

Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q Jerry Mikeska 4053 Hwy 90 East, Exit 698 • Columbus 979-732-2293 • www.jerrymikeska.com Owned by Jerry Mikeska, the building’s “somewhat octagon” shaped design is based on an old dance hall. As much a museum as a restaurant, it would be easy to get distracted by the vast collection of exotic animals on display, except that the food is just so darn good! Nancy’s Steak House 2536 Hwy 71 S. • Columbus • 979-732-9700 Enjoy a fine dining experience at this locally owned and operated restaurant situated within walking distance of area lodging. Nancy’s offers a full menu that includes an appetizing selection of soups, salads, sizzling steaks, seafood platters and pasta entrees. Nancy’s also sports a full bar so that you may enjoy your favorite mixed drink, foreign or domestic beer or a classic margarita with your meal. Take note of the interesting Western décor, which was designed by several Columbus area artists and designers. No. 1 China Buffet 2210 Hwy. 71 S. • Columbus 979-732-9888 All-you-can-eat buffet, open 7 days a week. Carry out buffet and a full menu are also available. Special rates are offered for parties and meetings. Ice cream bar is always included. Pickett’s Bar-B-Q 48001 I-10 West, Exit 698 • Alleyton Enjoy barbecue, ribs, chicken, burgers and wings. All smoked with our special Texas-style sauce and packed with a flavor that will keep you coming back for more! Roasters Chicken & Grill 1206 Fannin St. • Columbus • 979-733-WING If you are hungry for some home cooking, then you want to come eat with us! We are family owned and operated, and our goal is to offer a menu full of variety. In addition to be voted the “Best Fried Chicken in Colorado County” our cuscontinued ...

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tomers say we have the best Hand-Breaded Chicken Fried Steak and Hamburgers they’ve ever had! Maybe you are watching the waistline or eating healthy...try one of our Grilled Chicken Plates or Signature Salads and Wraps. Dine in or sit outside on the deck under our 300 year old Live Oak tree. If you like to watch the news or your favorite sport event while dining, we have 2 TVs inside and 6 TVs on the deck. During football season have a beer and some hot wings, we air all the games on the NFL package. Wi-Fi available. Stop by we’ll make you feel right at home!

COLUMBUS SHOPPING A-Trains & Birdie’s Doll House 1124 Milam • Downtown Columbus • 979-733-0392 Exceptional train and hobby store with toys, dolls, die cast cars, planes and more. Located on the square in downtown Columbus, this specialty shop maintains a unique inventory by carrying items generally not found on “super centers” and other major retail outlets. Alexander Plant Farm 1214 Piney Woods Rd. • Alleyton 979-732-8311 • www.alexanderplantfarm.com Known for it’s quality and customer service, this full service nursery is open to the public six days a week. Stop by and you’ll find an experienced and friendly nursery staff ready to provide advice, guidance and products to meet your home landscaping needs. Bealls Department Store 1404 Walnut St. • Columbus • 979-733-8901 Shop Bealls Department Store for brand name family apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags and more. Calico Hens 1419 Milam • Columbus 979-732-8348 • www.calicohens.com “Gifts for giving and keeping” since 1983. Calico Hens owner Gayle Coble has created a challenging combination of unique and hard to find gifts, accents for the home and garden, cards, stationary and more. Located in the Texas Historic Home, the “Montgomery House, “ which was built in 1876, this typical Empire house is one of the older houses remaining in Columbus. Follow us on Facebook!

Cardinal Ice & Water 1031 Walnut St. • Columbus • 979-942-0673 Open 24 hours. Fresh, filtered water and ice ready when you are. Bagged ice and water for refilling your one gallon and five gallon jugs available.

The Custom Shoppe 808 Front St. • Columbus • 979-732-5254 Window fashions, interiors, picture framing, custom blinds, shutters, draperies and consulting. By appointment only, in shop or in your home, call today! Coleen Zimmerhanzel, Interior Designer and Consultant. Donna’s Attic 733 Walnut St. • Columbus • 979-733-8864 Conveniently located near downtown Columbus, Donna’s Attic offers a nice selection of seasonal décor, as well as purses, jewelry and gift items. Donna’s Attic also has the ever-popular Yellow Box shoes. Shades of Summer tanning facility is available inside, all year long.

The Front Yard 700 South Eagle • Weimar • 979-725-6772 Unique gardening and yard art that you won’t find anywhere else is what you’ll discover at The Front Yard in Weimar. Owner Sheila Grigar is always available to help you find gifts for a special friend, indoor and outdoor décor, rustic furnishings, trellises, fencing, crosses, wrought iron, and the finest selection of flowers, plants and hanging baskets in the area. New merchandise arrives weekly, year ‘round. Stop in and see us! Home Design Studio 920 Milam • Columbus • 979-732-5001 www.countrytimehomes.com Take a step back in time and visit The Home Design Studio’s gift store. It is located in the 1870 Hotel Colorado, which has been renovated to house Country Time Homes’ Home Design Studio. This gift store offers many unique gifts to Columbus including: cookbooks, western items, pajamas, bath sets, children’s gifts, baby items, foods and salsas, holiday décor and much more. The Home Design Studio is located one block north of the Courthouse Square in beautiful downtown Columbus.


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Shopping, Services ... Industrial Country Market 1799 Hwy 71 • Columbus 979-732-6565 • www.icm71.com asustainablealternativeretailsurplusgardeningartsynativefunfolkplace - Unique gifts, local art, toys, yard art, jewelry and specialty foods. We are working to create a commercial and educational facility sustained by sun, wind and rain. The interaction of these primary energy sources, combined with the creative forces of its owners, exemplifies the possibilities available to all visitors. In addition to the market itself, ICM also hosts a number of events and classes. Visit their Web site or follow them on Facebook for more information. Kay Klauber Candies 520 Walnut • Dowtown Columbus 979-732-3084 • 800-649-4059 kaycandy@wcnet.net www.kayklaubercandies.net Sweet in the heart of Texas! From creamy fudge to dreamy peanut brittle, Kay’s candies have been featured everywhere from presidential gift baskets to retail outlets throughout the nation. When your sweet tooth needs satisfying, stop by or log on. Mail orders are Kay’s specialty. LifeChek Pharmacy 109 Shult Dr. • Columbus • 979-732-2361 LifeChek offers warm and sincere customer service, quality gifts, home décor items and professional pharmacy service in a relaxed, clean and pleasing atmosphere. Bridal Registry and invitation printing service is available. M-G Implement 200 South Eagle • Weimar 979-725-8524 • 888-725-8524 • mgimp@cvctx.net Marvin Gilbreath arrived in Weimar, Texas in 1938 with 15 cents looking for a job. After hard luck and odd jobs he started his own produce business M-G, buying and selling chickens and eggs. In 1940 he bought a small produce company. He then decided not only to buy the farmers produce, but to sell them feed and supplies. Over the years the Feed Mill and Farm Store were expanded and remodeled to accommodate the growing business. In 1994 the John Deere store was purchased and renamed M-G Implement. The new Feed Mill, located on I-10, was completed in 2001 after two years of planning and over a year of construction.

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Potter’s Western Store Henry Potter 2106 Hwy 71 South • Columbus • 979-732-2288 Owned and operated by Henry and Pam Potter, this cowboy (and cowgirl, too!) outfitter offers quality western clothing, boots, jeans, hats, leather goods, handbags, jewelry and gifts. Take a minute and let Henry steam your hat before you head on out the door. Now, you won’t get service like that just anywhere!

Quality Electronics 1310 Fannin St. • Columbus • 979-732-3750 Owners James and Marilyn Yearwood opened Quality Electronics in 1976. Quality Electronics offers wellknown name television brands like LG, Sony, Aquos, Hitachi, Samsung and Memphis, Pioneer and JVC car electronics. They also carry GE and Hotpoint appliances. From televisions and HD DVRs to refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, Quality Electronics has it all. They offer a full line of cellular phones and satellite dishes and systems by RCA and DirecTV. The Fannin Street store also offers XM satellite radio service. Service after sales is available by annually trained, certified technicians and Quality Electronics offers financing. Most major credit cards are accepted. The Silly Stamper 738 Walnut St. • Columbus 979-732-6616 A unique full-service scrapbook store, offering a large variety of the latest and greatest in scrapbook products and supplies from leading manufacturers. The store also has two Sony Picture Stations that offer the best quality in the area. Silly Stamper boasts a full-line of Tim Holtz, Sports, FFA, Albums, Mum Making Supplies, and more. Silver Barn 1120 Milam • Columbus 979-732-6900 www.thesilverbarn.wordpress.com/ Silver Barn Gifts and Home Décor, set in the 120-yearold Untermeyer Building, is located on the square across from the county courthouse. Reminiscent of the continued ...

old country store, we’ve added a modern touch by proving everything from home décor and decorative accessories to new and vintage furniture pieces. Looking for gifts? Silver Barn features special gift ideas for baby, bridal and everyone on your list. You can also find a great selection of Texas foods and gifts – perfect for friend not lucky enough to live in Texas! Silver Barn offers the largest bridal registry in the area and our special new Bridal Registry Room features such brands as Lenox, Vietri, Gorham, Beatriz Ball fine silver, Wilton Armetale and others. Whatever you are searching for – be it for yourself or a loved one – a trip to the Silver Barn is certain to be an exciting shopping experience.

StonesNSilver Studio Bead Shop 1038 Milam - Columbus 979-73BEADS • www.StonesNSilverStudio.com Beading supplies, books and a huge selection of beads including gemstone, specialty glass, Swarovski crystal, seed beads and more. Jewelry making classes, demonstrations and workshops are held each month. For non-jewelry designers we offer a line of large hole beads to instantly create jewelry, beadable pens or add to your Pandora bracelets! Custom jewelry design & stringing services. Internet Cafe for travelers. Sunshine Design 522 Spring • Columbus • 979-253-2759 A different kind of shopping experience, just around the corner. Come see our selection of arts and crafts and schedule a class. We can plan both group and individual classes. We have an extensive baby department with many handmade items. Christmas ornaments are available all year. Our jewelry department includes genuine Southwest silver with turquoise and jewelry made by us. We also carry Texas souvenirs, aprons, baskets and small home décor. Everything under the sun.

Walmart 2103 Milam St. • Columbus 979-732-8341 • www.walmart.com


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Shopping, Services ... RECREATION The Falls Golf Course and Resort 1750 North Falls Dr. • New Ulm 979-992-3123 www.thefallsresort.com The Gateway to the Hill Country is where you will find The Falls Golf Club and Resort, The Cascades Restaurant and a beautiful, private residential community. Experience a relaxed, tranquil atmosphere, Texas hospitality, picturesque views of the rolling Hill Country, wildlife, towering forests and a Championship Texas golf course. Chosen “Best Hidden Gem” by San Antonio Express News 2004. Call for rates, dates and hours of operation. Amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming, tennis, fishing center stocked with bass and catfish, overnight lodging and a conference center.

WEDDINGS/EVENT FACILITY Phoenix Bed & Breakfast 1626 Hodde Ln. • Columbus • 979-733-0304 www.thephoenixrising.com The Phoenix Special Events Facility considers our brides family; it is an honor and privilege to participate in the planning and hosting of such an extraordinary occasion. Because we believe a wedding should bring families and friends together for more than a few hours, The Phoenix offers a breathtaking backdrop where you, your family and friends can spend up to four days sharing, celebrating and hosting the perfect country wedding. The Stafford Opera House 425 Spring St. • Columbus • 979-732-5135 Please call for rates. Capacity is from 50 to 600. Amenities include: Historic Opera House; air conditioned meeting room with kitchen on first floor; air conditioned event facility with stage on second floor; disability accessible with an elevator to the second and third floors; round banquet tables; restrooms; limited AV facilities on site; business support services on site with fax, copies and internet access; downtown area street parking.

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The A.J. Struss Company has been family owned and operated since 1921. They specialize in service, repair and installation of all makes and models. A.J. Struss has certified technicians that are experienced in both commercial and residential systems. Your satisfaction as a customer is their number one priority. R&S Builders and Maintenance 102 Camp St. • Alleyton 979-732-6690 R&S Builders and Maintenance was established in 1987 by Ronald and Shirley Freshour. R&S Builders and Maintenance offers a full line of carpentry, roofing, building, remodeling, additions, new construction, concrete and painting services. There is no job too small or too large. Free first-time estimates. Schneider Machine & Welding 3927 Highway 90 • Columbus • 979-732-2579 www.schneidermachineandwelding.com Offering In-Shop or On-Site Welding and Repairs for Oil, Mining and Farming Industries. Are you looking for top-quality welding services? Contact Schneider Machine & Welding for precision welding services and durable trailer parts from our shop. Schneider Machine & Welding is a family-owned-and-operated business that’s been providing customers with unparalleled welding services since 1963. Our owner, Henry, and his son, Will, are experienced welders who are more than happy to provide you with quality welding services at great rates. In addition, using state of the art Plasma Technology they can create beautiful custom artwork and nameplates for your gate or entrance. Scoty’s Auto Repair 401 FM 3013 • Eagle Lake • 979-234-6858 Locally owned and operated, ASE certified auto mechanic specializing in advanced computer diagnostics, computerized four wheel alignment, big truck repair, diesel repair, AC services and preventative care packages. Dependable, quality care for your vehicle. Texas Irrigation & Pipe LLC 1870 Frelsburg Rd. • Cat Spring 979-732-3970 • Fax: (979) 732-5899 www.texasirrigation.com As licensed professionals in this industry, Whyman, Carolyn and Brian Psencik have an established reputation for customer satisfaction. The company specializes in residential and light commercial irrigation systems as well as schools and sports fields. Texas Irrigation & Pipe LLC provides a full range of services from project design to complete installation. They also have a full service department for all types of irrigation systems and have three licensed backflow testers on staff that can test and certify your backflow as well. TIP also has Water-Reel Irrigation Systems available for agricultural properties.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Columbus State Bank 1102 Milam Street Columbus, Texas 78934 Telephone: 979-732-5786 www.columbusstate.com The First State Bank 420 Walnut Street Columbus, Texas 78934 Telephone: (979) 732-2332 www.fsbcolumbus.com First National Bank Columbus Branch 1001 Milam Street Columbus, TX 78934 Telephone: 979-732-2003 www.fnbeaglelake.com Industry State Bank Main Branch 16886 Fordtran Blvd. ∙ Industry Telephone: 979-357-4437 www.isbtx.com Industry State Bank New Ulm Branch 1210 FM 109 ∙ New Ulm Telephone: 979-992-3391 www.isbtx.com Industry State Bank Columbus Branch – Now Open 2015 Milam St. ∙ Columbus Telephone: 979-732-5626 www.isbtx.com

REALTORS

Hallmark Realty, LLC 312 Walnut St. • Columbus • 979-732-8811 www.hallmark-realty.com The Hallmark ladies, Mary Ellen Prause, Owner/Assoc., Johnna Maertz, Owner/Broker/Associate, and Shannan Gerik, Sales/Assoc. (Joan Lasley, Owner/Broker - not pictured) are known for their motto of call anytime – “We Are Always On Call.” Hallmark Realtors are proud of their reputation and are one of the oldest real estate companies in the area. Hallmark Realty works hard for their clients, are honest and appreciate their repeat business. Hallmark Realty specializes in homes in and out of town, lots for building homes or mobile home placement, commercial properties, ranches of all sizes, and even rental properties.


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Shopping, Services ... Heritage Texas Country Properties 713-724-1125 888-663-6440 Offices in La Grange, Bellville, Brenham and Round Top to serve you. View over 185 listings at www.E-CountryProperty.com. Arlene Johnsey, ABR, SRES Heritage Texas Country Properties Top Producer 713-724-1125 • Fax: 866-724-2585 www.E-CountryProperty.com arlenejohnsey@sbcglobal.net Welcome to the country! As a native Houstonian, I gave up the beach life & landscape of Galveston for the gentle, rolling hills of Colorado County! And have never looked back! I understand what attracts folks to this beautiful area & am anxious to share with you my knowledge & commitment to customer service. My best to all of you wishing to find a home in this area; whether it is for weekend enjoyment or a full time residence. Enjoy your stay and come back soon! Texas Land Group 4449 Highway 90 • Alleyton (979) 733-5263 • Cell: 979-733-2424 www.txlandgroup.com Discover the Difference! Texas Land Group is a full service real estate company servicing Colorado and all surrounding counties. The move to our area for residential, commercial, investment, retirement and hunting properties is on the rise. A good realtor knows how to determine a client’s needs and give them all the options to meet those requirements. If we can help you with any of your real estate needs or if you have any questions about any area of real estate, we would be happy to help you any way we can!

Tri-County Realty, LLC 707 South Eagle • Weimar Telephone: 979-725-6006 www.tricountyrealestate.com Serving Colorado, Fayette and Lavaca counties. Listing on Tri-County’s web site include farm and ranch, acreage, lots, residential and commercial. One of the most trusted names in the business, you won’t regret calling on Tri-County for all of your real estate needs throughout Colorado County and beyond.

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Michelle Courtney, Realtor TExAS STAR REALTy 930 Walnut St. Columbus 979-733-8200 office 713-822-3635 cell 979-733-9009 fax www.texasstarrealty.com michelle@texasstarrealty.com Welcome to our beautiful town of Columbus! I hope you enjoy your stay! If I can help you with your real estate needs, please feel free to contact me. Jolyn Goolsby, Realtor TExAS STAR REALTy 930 Walnut St. • Columbus 979-733-8200 Office • 979-733-4851 Cell 979-733-9009 Fax jolyn@texasstarrealty.com • www.texasstarrealty.com Hello and welcome to Columbus! Our beautiful town is known for Live Oaks, Bluebonnets, and Rolling Pastures - all within an easy drive from Katy and Houston. I’m here to serve clients & customers who are interested in selling and buying real estate in town, ranch property, a special weekend get-a-way, as well as commercial property for your new business! Through the years of working in the tri-county area, I have made so many wonderful friends through real estate deals and I appreciate their friendship and business. Whatever your real estate needs are, it is my pleasure to assist you contact me for professional and friendly service. Nicola Hammett, Owner/Realtor, CRS TExAS STAR REALTy 930 Walnut St. • Columbus, Texas 78934 979-733-4594 • 979-733-8200 nicola@texasstarrealty.com www.texasstarrealty.com Welcome to beautiful Columbus, Texas. If you are interesting in knowing market value of the real estate in Colorado and surrounding Counties, feel free to give me a call. I will be happy to give you an up-to-date list of Homes, Ranches, Raw Land, Commercial or Rentals in our area. Being the owner of the largest Real Estate Company in our county, affords me the knowledge and expertise to help you in finding your dream property. Enjoy your visit to Columbus and come back soon!

Linda Woodward, Broker, ABR TExAS STAR REALTy 930 Walnut St. • Columbus 979-733-6409 • 979-733-8200 linda@texasstarrealty.com www.texasstarrealty.com Welcome to beautiful, historic Columbus. In 1993, my family and I relocated to this area from San Antonio. We have thoroughly enjoyed the small community atmosphere that Columbus offers. If I can be of assistance to you in buying or selling your real estate, please give me a call. you can rest assured that your real estate needs will be met with the utmost in professionalism.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS Columbus Chamber of Commerce 425 Spring St. • 1st Floor of the Stafford Opera House Downtown Columbus, Texas 78934 979-732-8385 kim@columbuschamber.org www.columbustexas.org This organization promotes local member businesses through networking, ribbon cuttings, mixers, offering seminars and by sponsoring a business directory of current members.

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Columbus Community Hospital Shult Drive • Columbus (979) 732-2371 • www.columbusch.com Columbus Community Hospital is a 40-bed, acute care medical and surgical facility recognized throughout the community as a comprehensive health care organization. As a rural hospital, Columbus offers its patients the best that advanced technology has to offer combined with the warm personalized care of a hometown facility. Our patients can expect “your health matters” continuity of care administered in a caring and friendly environment by dedicated professionals wholly committed to serving them. As one of largest employers in Columbus, CCH maintains a significant contribution to the economic health of the surrounding area. Every member of the Columbus Community Hospital staff is committed to a common goal: effectively meeting the needs of patients and their families. Through an emphasis on innovative service and top quality care, Columbus Community Hospital is positioned to meet the health care challenges now and in the future.


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Shopping, Services ... Columbus Medical Clinic 2122 Hwy 71 South Columbus, Texas 78934 979-732-2318

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Four Oaks Medical Clinic 109 Shult Dr. Columbus, Texas 78934 979-732-5794 Sharon Hanzelka, R.M.T., C.Ht 738B Walnut Street • Columbus 979-732-8888 Cell: 979-732-4614 sharonhanzelka@cmaaccess.com Sharon offers therapeutic massage, cranial sacral therapies, reflexology, hypnosis and prenatal massage. Established in 1990. Medical Skin Associates Charles Robert Gobert, MD 2540 Hwy 71 S., Suite 100 • Columbus 979-733-0238 • www.wecareforyourskin.com We care for your skin’s medical, surgical and cosmetic needs. Dr. Gobert is certified by the American Academy of Physicians, a proud member of the Texas Medical Association and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Colorado-Fayette Medical Scoiety. Dr. Gobert’s vision is to provide an atmosphere where every patient is treated with dignity and first class service. Skin care for acne, warts, eczema, dermatitis, skin tags, rosacea, age spots, sun damage, moles and skin cancer. Also offering G.M. Collin, GloMinerals, GloTherapeutics and Jane Iredale skin care makeup.

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Colorado Valley Veterinary Services, PA 1391 Bus. Hwy. 71 • Columbus • (979) 732-9981 www.coloradovalleyvetservices.com Michael Ridlen, DVM, of CVVS provides routine and specialized diagnostics, therapeutics and surgical services for large and small animals with a helpful and friendly staff. CVVS has four full-time and one parttime employee, so they have ample hands to assist with whatever your animal needs. Ridlen is a 1997 Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary medicine and has 11 years experience practicing large and small animal medicine. Your pets are members of your family. When they are not feeling their best, the entire family is affected. Maintaining your pets’ good health and well-being is our primary goal at the Colorado Valley Veterinary Services. Dr. Ridlen is also pleased to provide complete medical and surgical services for your livestock.

Tommie Vaughn Auto Country 4860 Interstate 10 • Columbus 979-732-2353 www.tommievaughnautocountry.com Tommie Vaughn Auto Country is a Full Service Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep Dealer located in Columbus Texas, offering a full line of new vehicles and a large selection of good quality pre-owned vehicles. At Tommie Vaughn Auto Country, we are committed to making Customer Satisfaction our #1 Priority! Our customer friendly attitude - combined with good people, no hassle, and honest dealing has enabled us to be the sales leader in our area year after year.

INSURANCE PROVIDERS The Baumgart Agencies 1127 Bowie St. • Columbus 979-732-2808 columbus@baumgartinsurance.com www.baumgartinsurance.com State Farm Insurance Randy Schulte 1135 Fannin • Columbus 979-732-8327 www.randyschulte.com

HAIR & NAIL SALONS Columbus Nails 1123 Fannin St. • Columbus 979-733-8893 Columbus Nails is proud to have been voted “Best Manicure” in Colorado County. A full service salon, they are happy to offer manicures, pedicures, acrylic and solar nails and waxing. No appointment is necessary, so stop in today and discover for yourself why Columbus Nails was voted number one! Star Nails & Spa 1532 Fannin St. • Columbus 979-732-5800 You’ll look and feel like a star! Star Nails & Spa offers solar nails, sculptured nails, eyelash extensions, manicures, waxing, pedicures, facials, massage and microderm abrasion. Always clean and professional – your absolute satisfaction is guaranteed. Star Nails is always happy to be open on Sundays for those on a busy weekday schedule.

Trimmer’s Den 301 Walnut • Columbus 979-732-3741 Trimmers Den located at 301 Walnut Street Columbus Texas 979-732-3741. A place where we take pride in making our customers look good and feel like family. We provide haircuts, colors,perms, foil coloring, styles, facials, microdermabrasions, Ipeels and waxing. Come on in and enjoy a relaxing time with Melody Siewert owner-stylist, Loraine Gast stylist and Ginny Peach stylist-facialist.

CHURCHES

Calvary Baptist Church 710 S. Eagle • Weimar 979-725-6832 www.calvarybaptistweimar.org Bible Study — Sunday 9:30 am Worship Service — Sunday 10:45 am, 6 pm Prayer & Bible Study — Wednesday 6:30 pm Nursery Care Provided More than a church – we’re also a family and you are welcome. Christ Church – Episcopal 304 East Stockbridge • Eagle Lake 979-234-3437 Holy Eucharist Sunday — 8 am and 10 am Sunday School for Children — 10:10 am Bible Study — Wednesday 6 pm

Christian Gospel Church 100 Camp • Alleyton • 979-732-3019 Interim Pastor: Calvin Harris Sunday School — 10 a.m. Sunday Worship—11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday Worship — 7 p.m. First Baptist Church 1700 Milam Street • Columbus 979-732-6261 Sunday School — 9:45 am Sunday Services — 8:30 am, 11 am, 6 pm Wednesday — 6 pm


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First United Methodist – Weimar 301 W. St. Charles St. • Weimar Sunday Service — 10 a.m. We are a small church with a big heart and bigger dreams. Our worship is informal and upbeat…all are welcome, just as you are. St. John’s Episcopal Church 915 Travis St. • Columbus • 979-732-2590 www.stjohncolumbus.org • Follow us on Facebook! Bible Study — Sunday 9:30 am Worship — Sunday 11 am Rev. Dr. Sharon Turner invites you to come make yourself at home and find that’s exactly where you are! St. John’s family welcomes you to join us in serving God by serving others. We are located one block northeast of the courthouse on Travis Street. St. Paul Lutheran Church 201 Veterans Drive • Columbus • 979-732-2423 Saturday Worship —7pm • Sunday Worship —9 am Contemporary Service — 11 am Sunday School — 10:05 am St. Paul Lutheran is an ELCA congregation whose vision is to connect people with Jesus Christ and with one another. Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg 2309 FM 1291 • New Ulm 979-732-3987 Sunday — 9 am Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg has served the community with religious worship since 1855. We invite you to join us this Sunday in fellowship and Christian worship. Also visit Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake.

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Oak Bluff Village 1513 Montezuma St. • Columbus 979-732-6983 Oak Bluff Village is a senior housing community. Residents enjoy access to various amenities and services designed for healthy and social living. There are regularly planned group activities and special events. Seniors choose to live at Oak Bluff Village because of the peace of mind it affords them. Parkview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation 206 Smith St. • Weimar 979-725-8564 • www.parkviewmanorcare.com Changing the way you think about long term care. At Parkview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation, we provide for more than just physical needs, we strive to develop a personally relationship with each resident and family that we serve. We offer twentyfour hour skilled nursing services, short and long term rehabilitation and personalized therapy. Follow us on Facebook and drop in for a tour of the newly remodeled facility!

TLC – Trucare Living Centers 1511 Montezuma St. • Columbus 979-733-0500 • www.tlc-columbus.com At the heart of our facility lies a skilled team of professionals who are committed to caring for the physical, mental, and social well being of each resident we serve. We’re here with a helping hand because everyone needs a little TLC now and then. We are a 104 bed nursing facility, licensed by the State of Texas to operate as a skilled nursing facility. We employ over

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Bride’s House: 1010 Milam St. • Columbus • 979-732-5850 With one of the largest selections in Colorado County, locally owned Brides House has become known for the best in selection, quality and service! We carry a selection of gowns to suite most budgets. Allow us the pleasure of assisting you and your families as you choose your gown for your upcoming wedding. We also offer jewelry, veils, hair accessories, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride/groom and grandmother gowns, and flower girl dresses. Celebrating 30 years of bridal excellence! Charity’s Chic Boutique 1010 Milam St. • Columbus 979-732-5850 361-772-8406 Chic Boutique Located in downtown Columbus, inside The Brides House, Charity’s Chic Boutique is a place for shoppers to find contemporary, trendy, and fun clothing & accessories! We have fashionable items arriving every week that are affordable and sure to be the finishing touch to your wardrobe! We carry the fabulous Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops and Snap Shoes, the fun way to change your shoes to match your outfit or mood by simply changing the decorative button or strap. The owner, Charity Rosenbaum, a fashion graduate from Sam Houston State, will be your personal stylist to help you put together the perfect outfit!


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Talking Houses, Audio Driving Tour Columbus • Follow Blue Historic District Signs The Gant House, located at 936 Bowie St., is featured on the audio driving tour in Columbus. The tour begins at the 1886 Stafford Opera House, 425 Spring St. and travels throughout the historic district in Columbus. Other stops on the tour are the United Daughters of the Confederacy Museum, the courthouse, Alley Log Cabin, Dilue Rose Harris House Museum, Santa Claus Museum, Senftenberg-Brandon House Museum and the Live Oak Art Center. To receive radio transmission, park your car at the curb in front of the site and set your radio to the AM frequency. The transmitter broadcasts a prerecorded message that provides information about the site.

Zimmerscheidt School Located on FM109 between Frelsburg and New Ulm An open house of the Historic Zimmerscheidt School has been scheduled for Dec. 3 in Colorado County. The building was a one-room schoolhouse where members of the community youth were educated from 1857-1948. The school consisted of instruction for first through seventh grade. Along with the open house, an advent celebration and reunion of students will also take place. The Zimmerscheidt School was named after Frederick and Margaret Zimmerscheidt, who arrived in the Republic of Texas in 1832.

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Jerry Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q PROUDLY SERVING THE BEST BARBECUE IN TEXAS!

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$35 per person includes dinner & production Call for current performance schedule Hours: Social 5:30pm Dinner 6:30 pm Curtain 7:30 pm 425 Spring Street - Columbus

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Country Hearth Inn “Warmth Through Hospitality” The Country Hearth Inn provides travelers with warm, friendly service and the best lodging value. At our Columbus location you’ll experience all the warmth of a bed & breakfast with the convenience of a hotel. local phone calls are free, the data ports in our cozy rooms provide the access travelers need, and our InnCredible Breakfast is included in the price of your stay.

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Colorado County Citizen Fall/Winter 2011  

Colorado County Citizen Fall/Winter 2011

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