Munson grave

Henry Munson, one of Austin's Old 300 colonists, is buried at Peach Point in Jones Creek. He died in 1833 of cholera, the first widespread pandemic to hit Texas.

Epidemics and pandemics are always a time of great change, and Brazoria County historical researchers say cholera pandemics shaped Texas into the state it is today. 

Cholera, dengue fever, diphtheria, influenza, measles, polio, St. Louis encephalitis and whooping cough are among the many outbreaks that spread throughout communities in the area, according to the Handbook of Texas Online by Chester R. Burns, with COVID-19 as the most recent.

Alexa Crenshaw is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0155. ​

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