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San Jacinto Museum of History

  • One Monument Circle Map It
  • La Porte
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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Alfred Finn, a Houston architect, designed this 570-foot-tall monument, which rises over the site (in nearby La Porte) where Sam Houston triumphed over General Antonio López de Santa Anna in the final battle of the Texas Revolution of 1836. The cenotaph, built between 1936 and 1939, is made of concrete and 100-million-year-old Cordova shellstone quarried north of Austin. At its top rests a nine-point, 35-foot-tall star weighing 220 tons. The park also includes the San

Jacinto Museum of History; The Jesse H. Jones Theater for Texas Studies, which shows a movie about the battle called Texas Forever!; the Battleship Texas; and the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, covering Texas history.

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Sight Information

Address:

One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 77571, United States

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Phone:

281-479–2421

Sight Details:

  • $1 park entrance fee; $4 observation deck; $4.50 Texas Forever! movie; $5 museum special exhibits; $5 library
  • Park, observation deck, museum daily 9–6; battleship daily 10–5; theater daily 10–6; library by appointment

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Aug 27, 2005

Where Texas Won Independence

History buffs will enjoy the museum. Definitely take the elevator ride to the top. The view is great! --Don't miss touring the battleship Texas, which is directly across the street.--If you have the time, kids may enjoy the ferry ride coming from I10. If not, hwy225 is faster.

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