3523 Independence Parkway South
La Porte, TX 77571
On a chilly April afternoon in 1836, this strip of coastal prairie rang with the boom of cannon, crack of musket fire and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” Despite being outnumbered, General Sam Houston’s army of settlers, Tejanos and foreign volunteers decisively defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s forces and won Texas’s independence. Today, the 1,300-acre site, San Jacinto Museum and the 567-foot tall San Jacinto Monument celebrate their sacrifice and victory.
The San Jacinto Battleground is home to more than 200 species of birds, and the best time to see them is first thing in the morning. Every first Saturday of the month, we open two hours early so birders and photographers can enjoy early morning...
BOOM! Have you ever wondered how to load a cannon or seen one fired? This 4th of July weekend, visitors to the San Jacinto Monument can learn how to load a cannon and watch regular cannon demonstrations.
It will be a blast, literally!...
During the Texas Revolution, some soldiers loaded their weapons with pre-made paper cartridges filled with black power and a musket ball. Join us on Sunday to make replica musket cartridges using candy in place of bullets and gunpowder. We'll...
From the Blog
By Cait Johnson, Lead Educator, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
The San Jacinto Battleground might be best known as the site of the final battle of the Texas Revolution, but that’s not the only victory that has taken place here.
On San Jacinto Day in 1868, the Battleground was the site of one of the first official baseball games in Texas.
In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.
The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, at an abandoned...
By Andy Rhodes, Managing Editor, The Medallion
To this day, the Republic of Texas captures the imagination of people across the globe. On March 2, 1836, the founders set in motion a series of events which created an identity that transcended politics and still lasts with us.
Some of the Republic’s most legendary locations—San Jacinto Battleground, Washington-on-the-...
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