Named after the Colorado River which bisects the county, the Colorado County was established in 1836 and was one of the original counties of the Republic of Texas. The county is located in south central Texas. Agriculture, oil-field services, and oil-field equipment manufacturing are the industries that primarily support the county's economy. Hunting of duck, geese, and deers, as well as canoeing, bicycling, are some of the recreational activities in the area. Other tourist spots include historic sites, an opera house, and a water park, as well as the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. For those who want to see Victorian-era homes, its county seat, Columbus, open some of its homes to the public for the Magnolia Homes Tours.