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Watermarks of History: An Informal Memoir of Brazoria County (1959)

Brazoria County Historical Museum

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  •  Introduction to Brazoria County 
  •  Some aerial views of present-day Brazoria County 
  •  The Intracoastal Canal 
  •  Surfside, established in 1890, formerly the site of Old Velasco 
  •  Old Quintana 
  •  Dow Chemical Plant A, started in 1940 
  •  The town of Freeport sprung up around the Freeport Mining Company in 1912 
  •  Old Brazoria, a great Texas port in the 1830s, was laid out by John and Stephen F. Austin in 1828 
  •  West Columbia, the first capital of the Texas Republic after the revolution 
  •  Stephen Austin brought his first colonists to Brazoria County in 1821 
  •  Early settlers clashed with the Karankawa, one of the Native American groups inhabiting the region at the time 
  •  Scenes of early Brazoria sketched by a traveler in 1831 
  •  Unrest grows in the colonies 
  •  In 1833, colonists send Stephen F. Austin to Mexico to negotiate the development of their own state government 
  •  An 1835 edition of the Texas Republican newspaper recounts the General Consultation of the People called together by Austin to form a new state 
  •  Portraits of a number of important players in the Texas Revolution, such as Branch T. Archer 
  •  The history of the Alamo 
  •   Sam Houston is inaugurated as first president of the Texas Republic 
  •  Drawing of the first capitol building at Columbia 
  •  The history of the Meir Expedition 
  •  By the time of Texas’ annexation in 1845, the state had grown rich from the cotton and sugarcane industries 
  •  A drawing of Peach Point Plantation, where Austin made his headquarters 
  •  History of the Brazoria County involvement in the Civil War 
  •  Brazoria County was long in recovery from the Civil War 
  •  Brazoria County hurricanes over the years 
  •  The first train arrived in Freeport in 1913 
  •  A bridge, built over dry land in 1928, signifies the nearing completion of the effort to re-channel the Brazos river around Freeport and Velasco 
 
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This educational film uses narration, photographs, sketches, and maps, to tell the stories of Brazoria County. It elaborates on important cities, prominent settlers and citizens, the county’s role in the Texas Revolution and the Civil War, and the region’s promising industries. The film was presented by the Texas Division of Dow Chemical Company at the Brazoria County Fair in October of 1959. The producer of this film, Jim W. Keeland, was a photographer and videographer in the Houston area for sixty years. He took photographs and films for Houston's NBC affiliate, KPRC-TV, from 1948 until 1961, worked for the Houston Post from 1951 to 1982 as a printer, and was a freelance photographer of agricultural subjects. This historical film, produced in 1959 and shown at the Brazoria County Fair in October of that year, tells the history of Brazoria County, beginning with its settlement as a part of Mexico by Stephen F. Austin and his colonists.
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