Site of Austinia

Site of Austinia (HMXXN)

Location: Texas City, TX 77590 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 23.895', W 94° 53.565'

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Empresario Stephen F. Austin urged Mexico to improve foreign trade by establishing ports in the Galveston area as early as 1825. Historical references suggest Austinia was settled in the 1830s as part of Austin's foreign trade efforts in this area. The original site of Austinia was located on coastal property owned by Austin one mile north of this site. After Austin's death in 1836 his sister, Emily Austin Bryan Perry, became sole proprietor of the village of Austinia.

In 1837 George L. Hammeken and partners petitioned the Republic of Texas for a charter to construct a railroad from Austinia, where the main office was to be located, southwest to Bolivar on the Brazos. The railroad was part of a venture connecting Galveston with the mainland to tap the trade of the fertile Brazos River valley. In 1839 emily Perry sold Austinia to her son, William J. Bryan, and his partner, George Hammeken. Later that year Emily's husband, James F. Perry, became treasurer of Hammeken's corporation.

James Perry's plans to build 40 or 50 houses and other public buildings in Austinia were never realized as Hammeken later chose an alternate route for the proposed railroad.
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HM NumberHMXXN
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Marker Number9928
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 11:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 316339 N 3253599
Decimal Degrees29.39825000, -94.89275000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 23.895', W 94° 53.565'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 23' 53.70" N, 94° 53' 33.90" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300-1398 Bay St N, Texas City TX 77590, US
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