Altair Texas History:
The town developed in the 1880s on John Stafford’s ranch as a cattle loading station. It was originally named Stafford’s Ranch. When the 1888 post office was established the name was changed to Altair because there was already a Texas town named Stafford. Also in 1890 a branch of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad established service to the town. The town never developed due to its proximity of Columbus. Altair is located at the intersection of U.S. 90A and SH 71, 12 miles southeast of Columbus, 31 miles northeast of Hallettsville, 8 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, 40.5 miles northwest of Wharton, and 29 miles northwest of El Campo, Texas.
Houston Rodeo Mission Trail Ride, San Antonio Mission Espada to Houston:
The 235 mile mission ride was established in 1991. This two week ride begins at the Mission Espada in San Antonio to Memorial Park in Houston. The 2015 ride began on February, 14, and included 65 riders and 8 wagons. Saturday night was spent at the Cross J Ranch in Rock Island. Sunday lunch was in Altair on SH 71 at U.S. 90A, and the night was spent at Taco Tony’s in Eagle Lake. The wagon train traveled 14.5 miles on Sunday. On Monday the wagon train rode 18.6 miles and spent the night at Riverside Hall (U.S. 90A at Bulls Road. Tuesday night was spent at the Fiesta Parking Lot in Rosenberg. Wednesday night was spent at METRO Park and Ride on Fondren at W. Orem. Thursday was a rest day. On Friday, they spent lunch at the Petco/Home Depot parking lot at 5445 W. Loop South, Houston. (832) 375-4473. (832) 202-5825. (832) 335-2655.
March 24-25, 2018
Annual Texas Independence Day Relay, March:
This 203.2 mile relay race begins in Gonzales where the Texas Revolution began, and ends at San Jacinto Monument where Texas Independence was won. The race is composed of 40 legs of various lengths. The route passes through Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimar, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, Fulshear, and Houston. Detailed maps for each leg will be provided in the race manual. Email
Colorado County Farmers' Market, Columbus, TX:
The market is held on Fridays, 4pm-7pm, near the courthouse square. On the first Friday of every month there is live music. Facebook
Los Cabos Mexican Grill, Columbus, TX:
Open daily, 11am-10pm. (979) 732-9744. 2435 SH 71 South. Reviews
Becky’s Café, Columbus, TX:
They serve good homemade breakfasts and lunches. (979) 732-5553. 1237 Bowie Street, Columbus. Reviews