- Get Involved
ATASCOSITO CROSSING. The most well-known Atascosito Crossing is a historical point (29°40' N, 96°27' W) where the Atascosito Road crossed the Colorado River nine miles downstream from Columbus. Land on both sides of the river at the crossing was granted to Rawson Alley, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers, on August 3, 1824. On Alley Hill, on the east bank of the river, Alley built his home, which became a focal point for early colonial activity. During the Civil War Alleyton was the western terminus of the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railway. From there a steady stream of wagon trains carrying cotton joined the Atascosito Road at the crossing and made their way to Mexico. Herders of cattle from South Texas also used the crossing on their way to Louisiana and Mississippi before and during the Civil War. Other cattlemen from the Gulf Coast crossed here during the 1870s and 1880s on their way to join the main trails north to the Kansas railheads.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "ATASCOSITO CROSSING," accessed April 19, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ria01.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.