Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Houston - San Jacinto Monument and Museum

The San Jacinto Museum of History is located in the fantastic city of Houston. Located within the base of the San Jacinto Monument, the museum has one of the major collections of Texas sculpture, works of art including history. The museum was launched both to tribute those who struggled in the Battle of San Jacinto in the year 1836, and to re-envision the olden times of Texas and Southwest Spanish. It was built as a curator of history-to support alliance between Texas, Mexico, Spain, France as well as Latin America. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest battle monument around the world, going 15 feet higher than the Washington Monument and tributes all those who fought for Texas' sovereignty.

On the San Jacinto Battleground in the year 1836, Texas won its freedom from Mexico with a devastating sudden attack by the Texan army, whose fight cry was "Remember the Alamo!" To honor that victory, community leaders in the year 1936 constructed a gigantic obelisk as tall as the Washington Memorial but crested with a Texas Lone Star. In the base of the memorial is a little museum of Texas history with a number of appealing exhibits, for example, one about rather unsung Texas leader "Deaf" Smith, and an anthology of watercolors of the Mexican Battle created by Sam Chamberlain. There is also a small audience hall where you can enjoy a half hour documentary of the war. If you would like to examine some of the Port of Houston and the rest of the area for miles around, you can take the elevator to the inspection room on the peak of the tower, which is over 500 feet above the ground.

You need at least an hour for the whole Texas tour, and as much for a second time to visit the monument.

1 comment:

Miguel Armaza said...

Awesome! I tried to go there but it was closed because of IKE. I have to go back!

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