How does a cemetery, established in 1848 to inter the remains of Texans who died in three different historic events, and ruins of one of the first commercial breweries in the state end up together on the same property? Simple geography played a primary role. The site, a shady bluff with an outstanding view of the Colorado River below, seemed a likely and honorable spot to bury the remains of those who lost their lives during the raid on San Antonio de Bexar by Mexican General Adrian Woll, Texans who died during the Santa Fe and Mier expeditions, and the dead from the Dawson Massacre in which Captain Nicholas M. Dawson and all but nine of Dawson’s fifty three-man company perished under fire by the Mexican cavalry. The construction of a tomb and a burial ceremony accompanied by full military honors, including attendance by Sam Houston, completed the cemetery project. The site is now marked by a 1936 Centennial monument.
The surrounding property also contains the ruins of Kreische Brewery, which operated here from the 1860s until the death of its owner in 1882.