Colorado County Historical Markers

Townsend-West House

Marker location: 634 Spring Street, Columbus

Marker erected: 1973

Marker Text:
Eastlake style embellishments make this a Victorian jewel. It was built in 1890 by contractor Jacob Wirtz for Marcus H. and Annie (Burford) Townsend. A state representative (1883-85) and senator (1889-93). Townsend sponsored bill for state purchase of the Alamo; he also named a county for his law partner, Major Robert Foard. Bought 1906 by Thurmond Bowers and Erma (Zumwalt) West, house is occupied and preserved by their son, Thurmond Baltzar West.


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