Texas Independence Trail Region

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

La Porte: San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

San Jacinto's star-topped obelisk.
San Jacinto's star-topped obelisk.


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 today’s downtown Houston, arriving on the tail-end of a short but deadly conflagration of soldiers and firearms that lasted 18 minutes. The battle was brief, but the outcome changed the state and the nation forever. Heritage travelers may explore this monumental moment in Texas history at the San Jacinto Monument and Museum in La Porte. The actual battlefield, purchased by the state in 1890 to commemorate the victory, hosts the museum where a re-visualized history of Texas and the Spanish Southwest takes place through artifacts and exhibits. The museum’s collection features ancient Mayan figurines, Spanish arms, Civil War and early American rarities, authentic Texas six-shooters, and Sam Houston’s spectacles. This amazing archive includes more than 17,000 objects in all, as well as books and manuscripts from early Texas, New Spain, and Mexico.

Rising above the museum is the 570-foot-tall Art Deco obelisk. The state's tallest was built during the 1936 Centennial commemoration initiative and honors all those who fought for Texas’ independence. The obelisk is 48 feet at its base and tapers up to 19 feet where a 220-ton star, constructed of stone, steel, and concrete, rests on its crown.

Watch the video below to learn more about Hispanic Soldiers and Texas Independence. This video was produced for inclusion in the Hispanic Texans mobile tour, more information about which may be found on our Hispanic heritage page at the following link:


  • 3523 Independence Parkway South
  • La Porte, Texas
  • 77571


Hours & Fees

  • Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Free



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Read more about San Jacinto Battleground in the Handbook of Texas Online.