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Secrets to San Jacinto: The Monument Commemorating Texas Independence

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Standing at 567 feet, but standing for a lot more than that, the San Jacinto Monument is a place where Texans, Tex-pats, and fans of our fair state can take in a broad expanse of the Lone Star State’s past, present, and future. Taking its name from the legendary battleground on which it sits, the monument pays honor to the Texans that defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican army on April 21, 1836, clinching the independence of the state of Texas.

Secrets To San Jacinto: The Monument Commemorating Texas Independence

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Located at the base of the monument, the San Jacinto Museum of History enlightens its visitors with over 400 years of Texas history, while a walk of the grounds will lead you through a trail of native bottomland forest and tidal marsh, as well as a reflecting pool. Granite markers indicate historic battle points that were integral, together with Texan and Mexican encampment areas.

Secrets To San Jacinto: The Monument Commemorating Texas Independence

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From the observation deck at 489 feet, visitors can also see the Houston Ship Channel as well as the Battleship Texas (famed veteran of both World Wars) which is now welcoming visitors as a state historic site. And off in the distance, the city of Houston shines in the Texas Gulf Coast sun.

Secrets To San Jacinto: The Monument Commemorating Texas Independence
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Atop the San Jacinto Monument sits a 220-ton, 34-foot-tall lone star to commemorate the epic battle from the Texas Revolution, and for this world’s tallest masonry column, that puts the towering tribute at 12 feet taller than the Washington Monument. Constructed between 1936 and 1939, and dedicated on April 21 of that same year, the San Jacinto Monument is a part of the state of Texas’ great history, and one that recognizes 181 years (this spring) of fortitude, change, and colossal progress.

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