San Jacinto State Park - Deer Park, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 45.037 W 095° 05.386
15R E 297921 N 3292981
Quick Description: San Jacinto State Park contains the San Jacinto Battlefield, Monument and Museum, as well as the U.S.S. Texas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 9:19:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM3X3E
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 26

Long Description:
From Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State:
"San Jacinto State Park (cafes, public restrooms, picnicking facilities), 22 m., has had extensive developments since the centennial year 1936, at an estimated cost of $2,000,000...At the north and west runs Buffalo Bayou; on the east the San Jacinto River...Roads and paths give access to markers that designate the position of the commands before and during the battle. Live oaks shade part of the area, and rose gardens and flower beds add beauty to the grounds near the keeper’s cottage."

The park, built to preserve the San Jacinto Battlefield, still holds the San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Museum of History. Added to the park was the restored World War I ship, the U.S.S. Texas, near what the book refers to as the 'keeper's cottage' and is now the park office.

An attempt is being made by Texas Parks and Wildlife to restore the battlefield to near its condition in 1836. But they're finding that hard to do with a monument in the center of the battlefield, and a reflecting pool extending out from it. Matters get further complicated by the ship; children actually ask who the ship brought to the battlefield, Santa Ana or Sam Houston?

Book: Texas

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 422

Year Originally Published: 1940

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