COLORADO RANGER. The Colorado Ranger was a side-wheel steamer, commanded by Captain Powell, that operated on the Colorado River between Columbus in Colorado County and the head of "the raft on the Colorado" in Matagorda County during the early 1850s. Cargoes of cotton were off-loaded there and carried by wagons around the obstructing raft to the port of Matagorda. The steamer made a trip to Austin and arrived on April 7, 1851, amid public fanfare. On March 5, 1853, it hit an obstruction, tore its hull, and sank ten miles southeast of La Grange, Fayette County.
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