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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Plan Your Adventure

  • Galveston Railroad MuseumGalveston Railroad Museum
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West ColumbiaVarner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, West Columbia
  • La Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay CityLa Belle cannon, Matagorda County Museum, Bay City


Destination Highlights


  • Founded in 2000, the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum preserves and promotes the history and traditions of African Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces, including the Buffalo Soldiers. The museum tells the stories of these largely unsung...

  • The Dickinson Historic Railroad Center is comprised of the Dickinson Railroad Depot, the League City Railroad Depot, and the grounds surrounding those depots. It includes any artifacts, objects, displays, benches, or other physical devices or...

  • San Jacinto's star-topped obelisk.

    MORE THAN A BATTLEFIELD

    Texas’ battle for independence required a series of bloody conflicts that took place across what we now call the Texas Independence Trail Region. But the final victory would come in a field west of...

Travel Themes


    • El Paso Museum

      TAKE A TRIP TO 1936

      That's when Texas threw itself a party that inspired a visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and kicked off heritage tourism throughout the state. 1936 marked perhaps our most important milestone—...

    • Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio

      A BELL'S NOT A BELL 'TILL YOU RING IT

      When you think of missions in Texas you might imagine benevolent brothers in brown robes ringing bells, or spending hours on end in silent prayer then ministering to the needy. No...

    • West Columbia marker

      BIRTHPLACE OF TEXAS

      Our independent sovereign nation-the Republic of Texas -lasted 10 years, from March 2, 1836 to February 19, 1846. We were, for a time, a self-governing entity, free from both the United States and...