DEER PARK Population. 29,102 Altitude. 33


Deer Park was Founded in 1892 by Simon West. The name was chosen for a private park of deer in the area. A railroad station was established in 1892, and a post office was established in 1893.

This sleepy little town has grown from a tiny population of 100 in 1940, to a slightly larger 736 in 1950 to 12,773 in 1970 and the now moderate size of a quickly approaching 30,000 mark in present day. This increase is largely due to the establishment of industry along the Houston Ship Channel

The Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course-

offers a challenging 18-hole championship course, driving range, and three practice holes. Each hole along the course is named for some portion of Texas history, drawing on Deer Park's title as "The Birthplace of Texas". Unique, historic bridge purchased from the Texas Department of Transportation links clubhouse with course.

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 p.m.; 3009 Center St.

Site where Texas won independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park-

Site where Texas won independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836, at the Battle of San Jacinto. After retreats and disasters halfway across Texas, Sam Houston's small army turned on Mexican Gen. 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 with Texas fossilized buff limestone. At base of shaft is San Jacinto Museum of Texas History; exhibits trace region's 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 open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; elevator and observation deck open daily 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Elevator fee. Closed Dec. 24 & 25. Another landmark of the park is Battleship Texas, moored in permanent slip at battleground. one of 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 1,. The venerable warship served in that conflict and in World War 11 as flagship in 1944 D-Day invasion commanded by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a native of Denison, TX . Open Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. East of downtown Houston 22 miles -via Texas 225, Texas 134. Admission.



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