Gonzales Things to Do

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  • Home Tour

    by Goliad Written Dec 14, 2007

    If you find yourself in Gonzales with a little time to spare, visit the Visitors Bureau located on the Courthouse Square. Pick up a driving tour guide. If you're lucky, one of the volunteer guides will be available and will drive you along the route telling you various facts and stories about the area, and some of the many old, historic homes within the city. You will learn about the famous (and infamous) folks who have lived there through their long history, as well as hearing about the various "hauntings" of some of the homes along the route. The tour takes about an hour and is completely free. It is well worth the time!

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    Gonzales Memorial Museum

    by barbipez Written Sep 16, 2003

    the Centennial historical memorial, the Memorial Museum commemorates the 'Immortal 32' who died in the Alamo. (when a request was sent out for more volunteers, gonzales was the only town to respond). Memorabilia is displayed there from the founders and early settlers of Gonzales, including the come & Take It Cannon, which might have fired the first shot for Texas independence on Oct. 2, 1835.

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    Pioneer Village

    by barbipez Written Sep 5, 2003

    this is neat place for kids and adults (i think). the people who work here get dressed up in pioneer clothing and make a lot of stuff the old fashioned way, and let you watch. it's quite hands on in some respects.

    and the people who work here really love helping out and teaching people about the way things were done way back when.

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    Come And Take It - annual celebration

    by barbipez Written Aug 27, 2003

    in October, commemorating the history of the town.
    beer garden, food tent with lots of vendors (normally town organizations fund raising), a parade, exhibitions, booths with ALL kinds of arts and crafts, etc etc...basically a large small town event

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    Come And Take It Cannon

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    In July, 1936 a flood unearthed a 21.5 inch long, 69 pound pitted and rusty iron cannon on the west side of Sandies Creek and was discovered by a rescue worker and laid on the side of the road where a mail carrier saw it and took it to the Gonzales Post office.

    It sat there for about 32 years before being spotted by a gun collector in Houston. It then went through various trade offs and collections before one collector decided to research its history. It is believed that this tiny little cannon was the one that fired the fatal shot which started the Texas Revolution. (see Cultural Notes for more info).

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    Gonzales Fire Station

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    The Gonzales Fire Station was built in 1908 and remodelled for the motorised engines in 1918. On top of the station is a weather vane which was made to order for a Gonzales County Cattle Baron's house. The side view of the fire station shows a new public restroom which Gonzales is very proud of :-) hmmm.. The tree showing on the corner of the photo is a ginko tree which apparently has a unique leaf and was once food for vegetarian dinosaurs (so they say..)
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    The Gallows

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    The Gallows is a reproduction of the original which was last used in 1921 and was torn down in the 1950’s. There were six legal hangings in or near the Gonzales County Jails. Legend has it that Albert Howards hanging on March 18, 1921 was the last to be held in Gonzales County Jail. While he was in jail, he paid strict attention to the clock on the courthouse to keep up with the number of hours he had left to live. He swore that his innocence would be shown by the clock and that none of the four faces would ever keep the same time. Through the years the faces have rarely been consistent.
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    Old Jail

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    The Old Jail was built in 1887 and used as jail till 1957. It has been restored, complete with cells, dungeon, gallows and jailer's quarters. It is also the Historical society and chamber of commerce headquarters.
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    Gonzales County Courthouse

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    The Gonzales County Courthouse was built in 1896 at a cost of $64,450. The red brick, was shipped from St. Louis, and white limestone from the Maurin Quarry. The building has undergone a complete restoration and stands as landmark in downtown Gonzales.
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    Memorial Museum

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 28, 2002

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    The Memorial Museum commemorates the ‘Immortal 32’ who died in the Alamo. There is memorabilia displayed from the founders of Gonzales which includes the ‘Come & Take It Cannon’ which might have fired the first shot for Texas Independence on October 2 1835.
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    Guadeloupe River

    by keeweechic Written Oct 28, 2002

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    The Guadeloupe River is one of two rivers that run through Gonzales County, the other being the San Marcos River. The first settlement in the area was abandoned in July 1826 after two Indian attacks and was rebuilt on the Guadalupe River in 1827. Riverside Park lies on the banks of the river.

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    Eggleston House

    by keeweechic Written Oct 28, 2002

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    This lovely little log house was built in 1848 and has been carefully restored and furnished with antiques revealing a picture of Texas pioneer life. It is the oldest standing structure in Gonzales. There are only two rooms which are separated by a centre porch, the bedroom and the kitchen/eating area.
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    Death Cells

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    There were 3 death cells made of iron strips about 2” wide and 1/4“ thick, forged and fused together with the use of heat, borax and a hammer. The jail was built before welding was invented.
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