RONNIE AND CATHY
MATTHEWS "Exclusive Realtors for Northwest Houston, Spring, woodlands,
tomball, Cypress, and Champion Areas."
Founded in 1892 by Simeon West, was named for abundance of deer in the
area; post office established in 1902. Has grown from population of 100
in 1940, largely by establishment of industry along the Houston Ship Channel.
The population grew from 736 in 1950 to 12,773 in 1970.
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DOW PARK AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - A 40 acre downtown park with picnic
grounds, swimming pool, athletic facilities; also includes botanical gardens
with more than 180 flower species, including 50 wild flower varieties.
The gardens have colonial light fixtures, brick walks, wooden arch bridges,
gazebo. P Street between Center 7 Luella.
PATRICK CABIN - Replica of cabin in which the peace treaty between
Texas and Mexico was drawn up after the Battle of San Jacinto. Constructed
in 1986, using building techniques of 1830, including hauling logs to site
with horse team. Authentic furnishings, garden. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m.
- 4 .m; 3009 Center Street.
SAN JACINTO BATTLEGROUND STATE HISTORIC PARK - Site where Texas
won independence from Mexico on April 21,m 1836, at the Battle of San Jacinto.
After retreats and disasters halfway across Texas, Sam Houston's small
army turned on Mexican General Santa Anna's superior forces and routed
them. Commemorating the decisive battle, San Jacinto Monument rises 570
feet above flat coastal plain. Famous monument is constructed of reinforced
concrete faced site of Texas fossilized buff limestone. At the base of
the shaft is San Jacinto Museum of Texas History; exhibits Grace regions
history from Indian civilization encountered by Cortez, to Texas as a state,
"Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto" is a 35 minute history lesson
reliving Texas history from the days of Spanish rule in Mexico to the expansion
of the American West in 1848. The multi-image presentation utilizes 42
projectors. Show fee. Museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; elevator and
observation deck open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Elevator fee. Closed
Dec., 24 and 25th.
Another landmark of the park is Battleship Texas, moored in permanent
slip at battleground. One of the few monuments of its kind in the world,
it is only survivor of the pre-World War I dreadnoughts. Battleship was
presented to State of Texas by U.S. Navy. Commissioned shortly before World
War I, the venerable warship served in that conflict and in World War II
as flagship in 1944 D-Day invasion commanded by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
a native of Denison, Texas. Open Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. East of
downtown Houston 22 miles via Texas 225, Texas 134. Admission.