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Near La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Monument Hill Tomb

 
 
Monument Hill Tomb Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 16, 2011
1. Monument Hill Tomb Marker
Inscription. In September 1848, the remains of Texans killed in the 1842 Dawson Massacre and the 1843 “Black Bean Death Lottery” were reburied at this site in a sandstone vault. The Kreische family did its best to care for the grave during their ownership of the property, but it suffered from lack of formal oversight. In 1905, the state authorized acquisition of .36 acres here, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas raised funds for a new cover for the tomb in 1933. During the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration, the 48-foot shellstone shaft with a stylized, Art Deco-influenced mural was erected to mark the mass grave more prominently. Local citizens purchased 3.54 acres as a donation to the state for parkland in 1957.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12756.)
 
Location. 29° 53.278′ N, 96° 52.567′ W. Marker is near La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Park Drive (State Highway 92 Spur) 0.3 miles west of U.S. 77, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot of Monument Hill State Park as you approach the Ranger Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 414 State Loop 92, La Grange TX 78945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Location of Monument Hill Tomb Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 16, 2011
2. Location of Monument Hill Tomb Marker
markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kreische Complex (here, next to this marker); Beer Office and Bottling Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Birthplace of the SPJST (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fayette County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Dawson Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (approx. 1.3 miles away); The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas (approx. 1.3 miles away); Site of a Twin Blockhouse (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
 
Regarding Monument Hill Tomb. The Dawson Massacre happened during a battle with Mexican troops that were attempting to re-take Texas after Texas had won its independence from Mexico.
 
Also see . . .
1. Monument Hill-Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. Article about the site in the Handbook of Texas online. (Submitted on March 4, 2012, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 

2. Dawson Massacre. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, Texas Independence
 
Monument Hill Tomb image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 16, 2011
3. Monument Hill Tomb
Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Trail System image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 5, 2009
4. Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Trail System
Closeup of trail system display. High resolution photo, click to read.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2012, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 779 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2012, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   4. submitted on December 28, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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