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Historical Markers and War Memorials in La Porte, Texas

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La Porte is in Harris County
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1Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 8 — Advance Under Gen'l Rusk
No 8 Advance under Gen'l Rusk April 21, 1836Map (db m125965) HM
2Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 17 — Almonte Captured
No 17 Almonte captured and greatest carnage of battle occurred.Map (db m126842) HM
3Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10606 — Battle of San Jacinto
At mid-afternoon April 21, 1836, two miles to the north, General Sam Houston with about 1,000 Texans in 18 minutes annihilated the 1,400-man army of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President of Mexico. Screened by trees and rising ground, . . . Map (db m125882) HM
4Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Besson Building
In 1893, Madame Martha Fontaine-Besson who was at the World's Fair when the founders were promoting La Porte, decided to investigate the wonders of Texas. She journeyed to La Porte on one of the excursion trains from Chicago. Madame . . . Map (db m133969) HM
5Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 7 — Burleson's Advance
No 7 Burleson's Advance Infantry April 21, 1836Map (db m125951) HM
6Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 2 — Burleson's Camp
No 2 Burleson's CampMap (db m125964) HM
7Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Captain William Wood
Commanded (The Kentucky Volunteers) Company A, First Regiment at San Jacinto Died at Houston, June 7, 1854 Erected by The State of Texas Reverse: "It is my desire that my body be buried on the battle grounds of San Jacinto . . . Map (db m126244) HM
8Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 12 — Cavalry Skirmish
No 12 Cavalry Skirmish under Sherman day before battleMap (db m125998) HM
9Texas (Harris County), La Porte — David Thomas
(Front) David Thomas Born in Tennessee in 1801 Died From an accidental wound April 30, 1836 at the home of Lorenzo DeZavala Erected by The State of Texas (Rear) Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence First . . . Map (db m126262) HM
10Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10639 — De Zavala Plaza
Name honors Lorenzo de Zavala, Vice President of Republic of Texas (Ad Interim, March 17-Oct. 17 1836). Born in Yucatan and educated in the Seminary of Ildefonso, De Zavala was an ardent Liberal who was jailed 1814-1817 for political . . . Map (db m119970) HM
11Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 12664 — Enoch Brinson & Pecan Grove Plantation
Enoch and Eliza (Ballew) Brinson traveled to Texas in 1824 with her father, Page Ballew, and her sister and brother-in-law, Levicy (Ballew) and William Bloodgood. The extended family were among Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. The . . . Map (db m168693) HM
12Texas (Harris County), La Porte — First City Hall and Jail
In its early days, La Porte had little need for a city hall or jail. City Council meetings were held in various vacant buildings around town and the few lawbreakers were placed either in an old abandoned ice house or locked in a convenient box car . . . Map (db m53607) HM
13Texas (Harris County), La Porte — First Marine Division
First Marine Division was founded aboard USS TEXAS (BB 35) when a directive was read on the ship’s fantail redesignating 1st Marine Brigade on 1 February 1941 while the battleship was flagship for Caribbean amphibious exercises. . . . Map (db m36076) HM
14Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Five Points - The Hub of the City
"Five Points" is where five main roads converged on what was then the center of town. The roads, which started out as trails, were East Main, West Main, North Broadway, South Broadway and San Jacinto Streets. The spot became a reference point for . . . Map (db m133981) HM
15Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10805 — Freeman Wilkinson
A member of Captain Thomas H. McIntire's company at San Jacinto. Died at Lynchburg in 1839 and was buried near his comrades who fell in battle.Map (db m125926) HM
16Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10 — Hockley's Advance
No 10 Hockley's Advance Artillery April 21, 1836Map (db m125952) HM
17Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 19 — Houston Wounded
No 19 Houston wounded and horse killed under him during battleMap (db m125956) HM
18Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10708 — Isaac L. Jaques
Came to Texas in October, 1835. Fought at San Jacinto in Captain Thomas H. McIntire's company. Died at Lynchburg, August 6, 1836.Map (db m90110) HM
19Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10715 — La Porte
Colorado-based land developers A.M. York, J.H. York, I.R. Holmes, and Tom Lee formed the La Porte Land and Town Company in 1890. They purchased over 1,000 acres of land in this area and began laying out town lots in the fall of 1891. Edward York . . . Map (db m51423) HM
20Texas (Harris County), La Porte — La Porte's Original Library
The La Porte, Texas branch of the Harris County Public Library began in June 1921 with 110 books placed in the La Porte High School. In 1923, due to increased adult patronage, the library was moved to quieter and larger quarters in the La Porte . . . Map (db m134158) HM
21Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 4 — Lamar's Camp
No 4 Lamar's CampMap (db m125963) HM
22Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Lorenzo De Zavala
(Front) Lorenzo De Zavala Born October 3, 1789 Died De Zavala's Point Harrisburg County November 15, 1836 First Vice President of the Republic of Texas Erected by the State of Texas (Rear) Member of Consultation . . . Map (db m126265) HM
23Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 20043 — Lynch's Ferry — One Mile Northeast to Site of
A pioneer ferry of Texas under Mexico and the Republic. Established at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River, 1822, by Nathaniel Lynch, one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. Usual charges at ferries like . . . Map (db m125910) HM
24Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Men who fought at San Jacinto and in Army of the Confederacy
Dedicated to the memory of the men who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto and later fought in the Army of the Confederacy Andrew Jackson Berry, Henry P. Brewster, Sion Record Bostic, Moses Austin Bryan, Rev. Anderson Buffington, Thos. . . . Map (db m126246) WM
25Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 13 — Mexican Breastworks
No 13 Mexican Breastworks Cavalry Engagement Under Lamar April 21, 1836Map (db m125955) HM
26Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 15 — Mexican Breastworks
No 15 Mexican BreastworksMap (db m125999) HM
27Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 14 — Mexican Cannon
No 14 Mexican CannonMap (db m126000) HM
28Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10770 — Mexican Cavalry, Battle of San Jacinto
The Mexican Cavalry was on the left wing, Infantry and Artillery in the center behind a fortification of boxes and baggage, while the extreme right was far extended.Map (db m125905) HM
29Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 11 — Mexican Position
No 11 Mexican Position Apr 20, 1836Map (db m125953) HM
30Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Mexican Surrender
Many of the Mexican soldiers who escaped the initial bloodshed were taken prisoner. After the Texans won the battle, they continued chasing down and killing Mexican soldiers. Few were allowed to surrender in the immediate aftermath. However, . . . Map (db m125954) HM
31Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 9 — Millard's Advance
No 9 Millard's Advance Infantry April 21, 1836Map (db m125948) HM
32Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 3 — Millard's Camp
No 3 Millard's CampMap (db m125962) HM
33Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10651 — Peter Jefferson Duncan
Participated in the capture of San Antonio in 1835 and served in the army in 1836 Born in New York in 1799 Died in Harris County, Texas in 1870Map (db m126009) HM
34Texas (Harris County), La Porte — Roster Company No. 6
Roster Company No. 6 James Gillaspie Captain Matthew Finch 1st. Lieut. A. L. Harrison 2nd. Lieut. R. H. Chadduck 1st. Sgt. Privates G. Grosby - J. S. Darling - Fielding Dedrick W. L. Ellis - Hezekiah Faris - Wm. Ferrell Wm. . . . Map (db m126245) WM
35Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10760 — Saint Mary's Seminary
When the Rev. Nicholas Gallagher became third bishop of Galveston in 1882, most Roman Catholic priests in the Diocese were natives of other states or countries. Realizing the need for a diocesan seminary to train young Texans for the priesthood, . . . Map (db m51421) HM
36Texas (Harris County), La Porte — San Jacinto Battleground Park
(part 1) The movement to set aside the San Jacinto Battleground as a patriotic shrine was begun in 1856, when a group of Texas veterans assembled here started a fund for a monument to the nine men who fell in the battle. In 1883 the . . . Map (db m126008) HM
37Texas (Harris County), La Porte — San Jacinto Monument — San Jacinto Battlefield
The early policies of Mexico toward her Texas colonists had been extremely liberal. Large grants of land were made to them, and no taxes or duties imposed. The relationship between the Anglo-Americans and Mexicans was cordial. But, following a . . . Map (db m6702) HM
38Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 16 — Santa Anna's Camp
No 16 Santa Anna's CampMap (db m126001) HM
39Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 6 — Sherman's Advance
No 6 Sherman's Advance Left Wing Infantry April 21, 1836Map (db m125997) HM
40Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 5 — Sherman's Camp
No 5 Sherman's CampMap (db m125967) HM
41Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10767 — Site of Battle of San Jacinto, 1836
Near here on the afternoon of April 21, 1836, the army of The Republic of Texas commanded by General Sam Houston was drawn up to attack an invading Mexican army commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.Map (db m125909) HM
42Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 20 — Site of Surrender of Santa Anna
Plaque on Front of Marker: This heritage live oak, planted as a living memorial, marks the site of surrender of Mexican President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna to Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Army of Texas. Dedicated to the heroes of . . . Map (db m126006) HM
43Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 16881 — Sylvan Beach Pavilion
The town of La Porte, developed in 1892, originally reserved a portion of the bayfront for a recreational park, known as Sylvan Grove. Following the panic of 1893, much of the bayfront was sold except for 22 acres that were retained as Sylvan Beach . . . Map (db m139614) HM
44Texas (Harris County), La Porte — The B. R. Brigham Monument
North Side: Two Days Before the Battle This morning we are in preparation to meet Santa Anna. It is the only chance of saving Texas. From time to time I have looked for reinforcements in vain: We will only have about seven hundred men to . . . Map (db m126243) HM WM
45Texas (Harris County), La Porte — The La Porte-Sylvan Beach Depot
1895 - The La Porte/Sylvan Beach Depot was constructed in downtown La Porte on East Main Street a short distance from Five Points. 1899 - The Depot became part of the Southern Pacific System and was known as the Galveston, Houston and San . . . Map (db m134004) HM
46Texas (Harris County), La Porte — The Legend of Emily (Morgan) West — The Yellow Rose of Texas
Legend has it that Emily Morgan, Mulatto servant of Col. James Morgan, actually "won" the Battle of San Jacinto for Texas by catching Gen. Santa Anna's eye when he sacked and burned Morgan's Plantation on April 19, 1836. According to the legend, . . . Map (db m145197) HM
47Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10768 — The Texas Army Attacked in Four Divisions
The Texas Army attacked in four divisions; the Cavalry on the right, commanded by Mirabeau B. Lamar; next, the Infantry under Lieutenant Colonel Henry Millard; the “Twin Sisters” cannon under Colonel Edward Burleson; the 2nd Regiment, . . . Map (db m125883) HM
48Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 1 — Twin Sisters
Marker Front: No 1 Site Twin Sisters April 20, 1836 Cannon Presented by Citizens of Cincinnati to Republic of Texas Supplemental Plaque: In grateful appreciation of the efforts of the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio, whose . . . Map (db m125950) HM
49Texas (Harris County), La Porte — U.S.S. Texas — National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark
Last steam engine-driven battleship Four cylinder triple expansion steam engines Largest afloat (27,000 h.p.) at commissioning (1914) Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships The American Society of Mechanical . . . Map (db m36228) HM
50Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10771 — Will You Come to the Bower, Battle of San Jacinto
To the tune of “Will You Come to the Bower,” the Texans advanced; “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” was their cry. With cannons and gunshot, clubs and Bowie knives they fought — no quarter was given; the rout . . . Map (db m125908) HM
51Texas (Harris County), La Porte — 10769 — Within A Few Minutes, Battle of San Jacinto Site
Within a few minutes the Battle of San Jacinto was over. According to General Houston's report 630 Mexicans lay dead on the field, 208 were wounded and 730 were taken prisoners. Money, arms and equipment were captured. The Texans had 9 killed and 30 . . . Map (db m125906) HM
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May. 23, 2022