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University of St. Thomas(UST)
3800 Montrose
Houston TX TX 77006-4626
Room 009, Building 22, Doherty Library
Main No.: (713) 522-7911

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Third Thursday of each month
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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TAS Field School Campground

Camping at the Colorado County Fairgrounds

The Texas Archeological Society has rented the 75-acre Colorado County Fairgrounds to use as our campground for the 2016 field school in Columbus, Texas. The camp, located at 1146 Crossroads Blvd., Columbus, Texas 78934, is a mile west of town, north of IH10, on the south side of the Colorado River and accessible via Texas Highway 71. From camp, Columbus is about 2 driving miles to town with a 10-mile drive south to the Tait-Huffmeyer ranch. Hurricane fencing encloses the grounds and a 3,500 vehicle parking lot lies adjacent to the north entrance.

There is water and electricity for camping and recreational vehicles under and around a motte of beautiful oak trees on the sandy hill. Being able to push air around will make sleeping more pleasant. Please do not park under the trees so that there will be enough room for all campers. Tent camping is free but there will be a nominal daily fee for recreational vehicle (RV) folks to defray electrical expenses. RV owners should call ahead to reserve space (about 30 units) adjacent to the camping area. RVs must make off-site arrangements as there are no dump station facilities on the fairgrounds.

FS 2016 Campground

Below the campground is a covered pavilion with a raised stage and an open area with concrete floor and picnic tables. It is located near the cook’s trailer and will be available for shelter and evening entertainment from Sunday on. The large fully air-conditioned and heated restroom is adjacent to the building. The restroom is handicap accessible.

Our phenomenal cook’s will be serving breakfast and dinner all week for paying customers. The trailer will be conveniently located adjacent to the pavilion, restrooms, and a concrete slab. See the registration form to sign up for meals. We will be sharing space with the Future Farmers of America (FFA) BBQ Cook-Off for the first few days so be prepared.

Both a covered pavilion arena with sand flooring and a rodeo arena are located to the west on high ground. There is a second small restroom adjacent to the arenas. We do not plan to use the arenas but they will be available for our use should we need them.

Trash containers are provided for our use, so bag your trash and use the dumpsters. There will be no glass containers allowed in the fairgrounds and no open fires. Smoking will not be allowed inside enclosed buildings including the restrooms.

Security is our responsibility. Comply with directions of the camp boss and leave the entrance gate as you found it. There will be only one access point, the main gate, and it may be locked during the day for security. It will be locked at night and the combination to the lock will be made available for those wishing to come and go after hours.

You are reminded we are paying guests of the fairgrounds association, so show respect for the facilities by complying with the set of rules and guidelines developed by the TAS. Please read below to be informed of our expectations and do have an enjoyable camping experience at the fairgrounds.

    • No pets
    • No firearms or hunting
    • No trail bikes
    • No campfires. Cook only on camp stove or within a fire-containing grill.
    • No septic or soakage pits
    • No illegal drugs as defined by law at camp, in the field or other property
    • No loud parties or music in or near the camping area. After 8 pm, music will be restricted to the established party area.
    • No use of restricted buildings as posted by TAS
    • Please keep your campsite clean by bagging trash and using dumpsters. Do not leave food sitting around for animals.
    • Parents or sponsors are responsible for minors whenever the minors are not participating in established TAS Field School programs. Children under the age of 7 must be under adult supervision at all times.

Please observe any special parking notices. The Camp Boss will advise you of any additional locations or problems with parking dependent on the weather.

Additional Information: It should be understood that the Texas Archaeological Society Field School will share the fairgrounds with the FFA Cook-Off (Scheduled for June 10, 11, and 12). The FFA will be using the entertainment pavilion area, as well as the area located on the oak grove/upper hill for their cook-off. TAS members are asked to camp east of the developed area (the entertainment pavilion) until able to move into the oak grove/upper hill on Sunday afternoon or possibly earlier if vacated by the FFA.

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To reserve RV camping, please call or write Clint Lacy

Phone: (979) 236-1286

e-Mail: clacy13@comcast.net

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If you have questions, please contact Ron Ralph (512-280-9648). If there are any problems while on site, please contact camp boss Jack Pool.

 

To learn more about the history behind our archeological society contact Publicity/Outreach: publicoutreach@txhas.org.

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