Velasco, Texas. Papers, 1836-1936 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1980

Collection Overview

Title: Velasco, Texas. Papers, 1836-1936Add to your cart.

ID: B/5

Extent: 21.0 Items

Subjects: Brazos River Channel and Dock Company -- Records and correspondence, Business records -- Texas -- Velasco, Hotels -- Texas -- Velasco, Menus -- Texas -- Velasco, Treaties, Velasco (Tex.) -- History -- Sources, Velasco Hotel (Velasco, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence, Velasco Improvement Company -- Records and correspondence, Wine lists -- Texas -- Velasco

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Photocopy of the Treaty of Velasco, menus, wine lists and regulations of The Velasco Hotel, material relating to the Brazos River Channel and Dock Company and to the Velasco Improvement Company.

Collection Historical Note

Velasco, in southern Brazoria County, is one of the oldest towns in Texas. In 1821, the first of Stephen F. Austin's colonists landed at Old Velasco and over 25,000 settlers entered through that port between 1821 and 1835. It was the scene of the Battle of Velasco during Texas' war with Mexico, and was temporarily the capital of the Republic of Texas. The Treaty of Velasco was signed there on May 14, 1836.

The town grew, and became known as a summer resort area for a time, but it declined after the Civil War, and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1875. The new town of Velasco was built in 1891, four miles upriver from the original site. It too, began to grow until another storm in 1900 wrecked the town. It rebuilt slowly, enduring fluctuations of poverty and prosperity.

Subject/Index Terms

Brazos River Channel and Dock Company -- Records and correspondence
Business records -- Texas -- Velasco
Hotels -- Texas -- Velasco
Menus -- Texas -- Velasco
Velasco (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Velasco Hotel (Velasco, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence
Velasco Improvement Company -- Records and correspondence
Wine lists -- Texas -- Velasco

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles of Armistice, original and translation of treaty signed at Velasco between Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and David G. Burnet, President; Bailey Hardeman, Sec. of Treasury; James Collinsworth, Sec. of State; and Peter William Grayson, Attorney General, May 14,1836Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brazos River Channel and Dock Co, April 1,1889Add to your cart.
George A. McNutt, Kansas City, MO, to G. W. Angle, Velasco. A.L.S. April 4, 1890. First Mortgage of the Brazos River Channel and Dock Co. to the American Loan and Trust Co. Pamphlet
Folder 3: Correspondence to Velasco Improvement Co, April 30, 1893, May 12, 1894Add to your cart.
Mrs. T. N. Dunphy, Nevada, MO, to Sir. A.L.S. April 30, 1893. [Pencil notes about land on verve] D. C. Willett, Uniontown, KY, to Velasco Improvement Co. A.L.S. May 12, 1894
Folder 4: The Velasco Hotel. 14 items Menus and Wine Lists. 11 items. Wine Card of John Ruisselar [?], Dec. 11, 1892 [?]. Bookkeeping Account for Aug. 8, 1894. Notice to Guests [Hotel Regulations].Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.


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