Friday, November 23, 2018
On this strip of coastal prairie in 1836, a volunteer army of Anglo-American settlers and Tejanos decisively defeated a larger Mexican army and won Texas its independence. This 1,200 acre historic site and monument commemorate their struggle and achievement. By preserving the San Jacinto Battleground, a portion of the natural heritage of coastal prairie, forests and marshlands was also preserved. The site of one of the most significant conflicts in American history does not look the same as it did when General Sam Houston's troops defeated the Mexican army under General Santa Anna.
San Jacinto Monument periodically hosts special exhibits. This exhibit is special for our son Josh as his company works for Shell Oil Company, which has its hub in the Deer Park subdivision near Houston, Texas. The exhibit is about the impact oil and gas has had on Houston. Oil and gas, its production and its products, affect the lives of all Texans. The discovery of oil fields throughout the state in the early 20th century led to the founding and flourishing of numerous Texas towns and to the establishment of companies that would evolve into multinational conglomerates. It was along the Houston Ship Channel a commercial waterway that would become one of the busiest in the United States, that the town of Deer Park was founded just a few short miles from where Texas had won her independence from Mexico in 1836.