San Jacinto Monument & Battleground

The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in Houston marks the hallowed ground of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive engagement of the Texas Revolution on April 21, 1836. This pivotal battle, lasting just 18 minutes, led to Texas’ independence from Mexico, making the site a linchpin of Texan and American history. Here, visitors can tread the grounds where General Sam Houston led his troops to a surprising victory, capturing the Mexican President General Antonio L√≥pez de Santa Anna the following day.

At the heart of the site stands the towering San Jacinto Monument, rising 567 feet into the Texas sky, crowned with a 220-ton star symbolizing the state’s independence. This monument, taller than the Washington Monument, houses an extensive museum of Texas history and offers an observation deck with sweeping views of the battleground and surrounding area. Adjacent to this monument lies the USS Texas, the last of the dreadnoughts and a veteran of both World Wars, now serving as a naval museum that beckons history buffs and maritime enthusiasts alike.

Did you know the San Jacinto Monument is the world’s tallest masonry column and war memorial? This fact underscores the grand scale of Texas pride and remembrance encapsulated within this historic site. Walk in the footsteps of those who fought for Texas’ freedom!