The best historic sites to visit in Texas

By Stef Zisovska
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The best historic sites to visit in Texas

Stef Zisovska
 
 
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Texas is a state that offers an abundance of historically significant locations that still reflect the rhythm of the past. Visitors can taste what life was like in past decades and centuries by spending some time in reconstructed and preserved sites including the Alamo, San Jacinto, and the landmark spot where President J.F. Kennedy was shot.

Maybe you think there are more interesting places to visit than Texas, but when you know a bit more about the rich history here, you’ll change your mind and start planning your trip to the Lone Star State.

 

San Jacinto Monument Photo Credit
San Jacinto Monument Photo Credit

The Alamo

The battle of the Alamo is certainly one of the most important conflicts in United Sates history. During the Texas Revolution in 1836 Mexican troops defeated a brave group of 189 Texas volunteer soldiers fighting for autonomy from Mexico.

 

The fort of Alamo will always be a reminder of the 13-day battle and fight for freedom. Visitors can see a part of what’s left here and view artifacts and weapons in the museum. Among the brave soldiers were Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie.

 

Alamo Photo Credit
Alamo Photo Credit

San Jacinto Battleground

At San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site people get to visit the 1200 acre battleground where Texas gained its independence from Mexico. Another great attraction here is the monument built in honor of the battle. It’s a perfect copy of the Washington monument, but with the Texas star on top of it. There is an elevator that takes you to the top of the 489 feet high building from where you can observe Huston City and the whole area.

 

San Jacinto Photo Credit
San Jacinto Photo Credit

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The tragic site from where an assassin shot the President J.F. Kennedy has become a museum that serves as a reminder of that dreadful event in 1963.

The murder was committed from the sixth floor, therefore the name of the site is The Sixth Floor Museum. You can see exhibits that include more than 400 photos and documentary film footage.

 

Sixth-floor Museum Photo Credit
Sixth-floor Museum Photo Credit

San Antonio Missions Historical National Park

The state of Texas was once very famous for Christian missionaries who were converting Native Americans living in the area.

 

A few of those missions still exist and are preserved by the San Antonio Missions Historical National Park. These are, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The four missions take about three hours to visit. Each mission was sort of a small village with a church and surrounding buildings where the people were living.

 

Mission Concepcion San Antonio Photo Credit
Mission Concepcion San Antonio Photo Credit

Texas has a rich history and all the history lovers out there this will be a perfect journey through the past.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the history that shaped America.

 

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