"Keeweechic's Gonzales" Gonzales by keeweechic

Gonzales Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 25 photos

Gonzales is often called the “Lexington of Texas” because the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired there which began the history and independence of Texas. It was also the only town to send reinforcements to the Alamo (a little known fact) and in return, the town was burned to the ground in the ‘Runaway Scrape”. It has also survived floods and fires and survived to become a Mecca for ranchers and cattle barons who built cotton plantations and grand homes along beautiful tree lined streets. Originally settled in 1825 by an American from Missouri and named for Rafael Gonzales who was Governor of joint state of Coahuila, Mexico and Texas. It was the capital of Empresario Green DeWitt’s Colony and was the westernmost Anglo settlement until the close of the Texas Revolution. The town was designed by the Mexican Government and all the streets were named after Saints.

Gonzales is the county seat of Gonzales County in the north central part of Texas and is the only town of its size to retain its name from Spanish rule and the only town in Texas that retains the original Mexican survey of 1832. There is an Historical Trail you can drive which passes 86 historical points of interest (the trail is marked “come and get it”). There is Noah’s Land of Texas, which is a park of some 275 acres which is home to more than 110 species of rare and exotic animals from around the world. Aside from 2 other parks, you can also take a drive just outside of Gonzales and view the battlefield.

"Rags were our uniform, sire! Nine out of ten of them was in rags.
And it was a fighting uniform."

Valentine Bennett

Gonzales was part of a day trip from San Antonio to Shiner. We had to pass through it on our way back but even a detour would have been worth the stop. We didn’t spend long but we did take a short drive around to see some of the lovely homes that have been restored.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.© keeweechic 2001-2005 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Gonzales: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2006
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2006 at 4:48 AM

    Very interesting stuff for a history buff like myself. Love the old courthouse and jail.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2004 at 9:57 PM

    sounds all spanish to me ^..^ but a real great page, tks for sharing KW

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2003 at 9:45 AM

    What a majestic building the courthouse looks. And thats a strange fact about the clock faces! Wonderfully documented page and fantastic photos.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2002 at 8:08 AM

    an excellent tip and i'm dribbling for a tate ;-p

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