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Texas Independence Trail Region

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

Deer Park


It began with a ragtag settlers army under General Sam Houston defeated dictator General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s well-trained Mexican Army April 21, 1836, securing Texas’ independence from Mexico.  The Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston brought sea and trade to her back door in the 1870s. Simeon West of Illinois founded and named the town in 1892 after the large amount of deer that roamed the gulf plains.  He dreamed of a “community of opportunity”. Years after the greatflood of 1900 and destruction of most homes, property, crops and livestock Deer Park struggled to meet that dream during a difficult infancy. Today, Deer Park flourishes with energy, the ports and a picturesque downtown.


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In April of 1836, Sam Houston and his small band of men defeated the powerful Mexican Army under the leadership of General Santa Anna on the San Jacinto Battlefield. Following the battle, Sam Houston took the Mexican General to a nearby cabin to draft the initial treaty papers securing Texas' independence from Mexico.

Take a look at all the attractions and history which make Deer Park a "must see" for your bucket list!
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