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SAN JACINTO MONUMENT


The San Jacinto Monument is dedicated "to Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who
contributed to the independence of Texas." The monument is a 570-foot limestone shaft topped by a
34-foot, 220-ton star symbolizing the Lone Star Republic. The building incorporates a number of
innovative engineering features not common during the 1936 - 1939 period of its construction.
In 1992, this technology was recognized with the prestigious designation of State and National
Historic Structure by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Criteria for these awards include
significant contributions to state and national heritage and to the civil engineering profession.
The building is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world's tallest stone column
memorial.

The San Jacinto Museum of History, housed in the 570-foot San Jacinto Monument, is located on
the battlefield where Texas won its independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836. The Monument
will be undergoing a historic restoration for the next few years. The project poses no threat to the
safety of park visitors, so the Monument will remain open throughout the restoration.

The Museum is a private, non-profit, educational organization with a collection which spans more
than four hundred years of early Texas history, from the Spanish conquest through Texas in the
nineteenth century. Emphasis is on colonial Texas as a part of Mexico and the Republic of Texas.
The collection contains more than 100,000 objects, 250,000 documents, 10,000 visual images, and
a 35,000 volume rare book library.

Also housed in the Museum, in the 160-seat Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies, is the nation's
largest historical multi-image presentation, "Texas Forever!!  The Battle of San Jacinto."  This award-winning, 35-minute production vividly depicts the events of the Texas Revolution and
Battle of San Jacinto - a battle that changed the face of North America.

Visitors can also elect to ride to the Monument's observation floor 489 feet above the Battleground for
views of the city and the Houston Ship Channel.

The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 281/479-2421 for elevator and
theatre ticket prices.

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