San Felipe Population- 849 Altitude 156


Known as the "Birthplace of Anglo-American Settlement in Texas" (near present day Houston), San Felipe de Austin was named for Stephen F. Austin, who brought his first Texas colonists here in 1823.  This historic settlement was home for Texas' first English language newspaper (the "Gazette", 1829), origin of the Texas postal system and saw the beginning of the legendary Texas Rangers.  San Felipe served as the location for the Conventions of 1832 and 1833, and the Consultation of 1835 - meetings that led to the Texas Declaration of Independence.  In 1836 Santa Anna's invading Mexican army burned the town and occupied the site.  San Felipe was restored after the War for Independence and Texas victory in the at San Jacinto.  The Stephen F. Austin Park Association operates an information center at the San Felipe Post Office.

Stephen F. Austin State Park - Dogtrot cabin in Stephen F. Austin State Park

664 acre park is in two sections, historical and recreational.   The historical section is near an old ferry crossing of the Brazos River.  This area includes a replica of Austin's dog-run cabin where he conducted business of the first colonists.  Dominating many monuments and historical markers is a magnificent statue of Stephen F. Austin, "The Father of Texas".  The J.J. Josey Store, built in 1847, has been restored and is now a museum displaying merchandise of the pioneer era.

(Open Saturday & Sunday; admission fee.)

Recreational portion of the park offers picnic, camping and trailer sites. Also, the park features a group recreational hall with kitchen facilities, screened shelters available for use, golf course and dining hall.  Nature trail and fishing in the Brazos River.

Just north of San Felipe on Park Road 38.  Admission.



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