#43 San Jacinto Monument in Houston

September 19, 2006
208 miles

RTT (Return to Texas)
Day 11

Wedding's over. Leftover cake is gone. Time to move on. I went through Cleveland, Texas on the way to find another stamp.

The visitor center for the Big Ticket NP is just a few miles north of Kountze.
Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket visitor center
First Texas stamp collected
Left Kountze and went to Seabrook to visit another friend.
Recognize this bridge from the GTT trip?

September 20, 2006
60 miles

RTT (Return to Texas)
Day 12

Spent the night with friends in Seabrook, then took off again to the northwest side of Houston.

On the way was the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas.
On April 21, 1836, Mexican rule over Texas came to a dramatic close.
The climax of the Texas Revolution, the Battle of San Jacinto eventually moved America’s western border to the Pacific Ocean.

The San Jacinto Memorial Monument is 570 feet tall, from the ground to the top of the star.

It is 555 feet from the first floor to the top of the star.

This makes it the world's tallest memorial column.

By comparison, the Washington Monument is 555 feet tall.

Inscription on monument:

"Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American Nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty."

The USS Texas is the only surviving U.S. naval vessel to have seen service in both World Wars.
At the end of the war, she made three "Magic Carpet" voyages to California, bringing troops home from the Pacific.
The Texas was retired in 1946 and transferred to the State of Texas April 21, 1948.

Fleeter made a friend ...
Houston Police Department Motor Patrol

Night at Andrea's in north Houston.

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