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Near Cost in Gonzales County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, June 20, 2009
1. Site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution Marker
Inscription. Near here on October 2, 1835 was fired the first shot of the Texas Revolution of 1835-36 - the shot heard round the world. At Gonzales the Texans defied the Mexican government and refused their demand for the Gonzales cannon with the "Come and Take It" challenge until reinforcements arrived from other parts of DeWitt's Colony and from the colonies on the Colorado and Brazos. They then pursued the Mexicans from Gonzales to near this point and fired upon them with this cannon, driving them back to Bexar.

This shot started the revolution and was directly responsible for adding more territory to the United States than was acquired by the freeing of the original thirteen colonies from England.
 
Erected 1936 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 1866.)
 
Location. 29° 26.335′ N, 97° 31.297′ W. Marker is near Cost, Texas, in Gonzales County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 97 and State Highway 95 Spur, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 97. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cost TX 78614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Shot of the Texas Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Dikes Family Cemetery
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By Brian Anderson, June 20, 2009
2. Site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution Marker Inscription
(within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Cost School (within shouting distance of this marker); Here was Fired First Gun for Texas Independence (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sarah Seely De Witt (approx. 5.1 miles away); Green Dewitt Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Santa Anna Mound (approx. 5.2 miles away); Gonzales Cannon (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cost.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Gonzales - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 8, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
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By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
3. Site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.   3. submitted on January 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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