If this is the site of the decisive victory over the Mexican Army that gave Texas its independence, you would think the State of Texas would invest serious capital here to create a top-notch experience for visitors. Something that says: "This place is hallowed ground." Instead, we drove through a nest of oil refineries into a wide, flat and open expanse of ground surrounded by marsh. At the core of this park is a 425-foot monument reminiscent of the Washington Monument. In the base of the monument, there is a small museum with artifacts and displays relative to the history of Texas. There also is a small theater showing a very good 30-minute film about the fight for Texas independence.
We paid the entrance fees for the museum and the theater and found them worthwhile. There is an additional fee if you want access to a more extensive set of artifacts and displays. We were sorely disappointed to find that the elevators to the top of the monument were out of commission for maintenance - so we were unable to view the battleground from aloft. Perhaps that would have helped our opinion.
We satisfied ourselves with walking the property - but, again, we were disappointed. There was far more signage and interpretive information about the ecology of the area and environmental concerns than about the history of the site or the battle that occurred there. Perhaps there was more information at the top of the monument? Hmmm. But the elevators weren't working. Texas needs to put some effort into interpretive information in the field for those who either can't or won't take the elevator ride. It looked like an awful lot of money went into building a boardwalk over the marsh to observe wildlife and the ecology. We wished that as much money had been invested to help us envision the battle that had occurred there - and its significance.
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