History of the San Jacinto Texas Historic District
The people and places of early Texas have touched lives in all parts of the world, especially the Battle of San Jacinto. In North America, April 21, 1836 meant a devastating blow to the Mexican government. But for the victorious colonists, it created a new nation: The Republic of Texas. And it would eventually gain the United States nine territories that reached all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
The Battle of San Jacinto marked the stunning conclusion to the Texas Revolution, as Texian forces—outnumbered and under-trained—launched a successful attack. The battle lasted approximately 18 minutes. Discipline was hard to maintain as Texian soldiers rallied to cries of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!”
Commemorating the battle and victory that was won, is the world’s tallest war memorial. Standing 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument, you can travel to the observation deck, and see the skyline of our nation's fourth-largest city, Houston—named after Sam Houston who led the Texian forces. You can see the Houston Ship Channel, which brings in more foreign tonnage—from 154 countries—than any other U.S. port.
You can learn more about the rich history of this district from the fine folks over at the San Jacinto Monument Museum and from our region’s historic associations (several of which are listed on our links page).
The San Jacinto Texas Historic District
The San Jacinto Texas Historic District is a collaborative effort that brings together the port region communities of East Harris County (Precinct Two). This effort resulted in a Master Plan utilizing tools such as innovative urban landscaping, unique image enhancement techniques, and strategic economic development focusing on untapped historical resources. This Master Plan was created over a two year period and currently targets enhancements for historic sites on major corridors.
Precinct Two represents nearly one million people living in the most populous county in Texas. Generally located between Houston’s I-45 on the west, Interstate 10 on the north, Galveston Bay on the east, and Clear Lake on the south, the precinct is larger than five states.
The plan emerged after conducting analysis, research, benchmarking and gathering community feedback over a two year period. Among the plan’s first goals was the creation of the San Jacinto Historic District. Mission accomplished: it is now the newest and the 5th largest historic district in the state of Texas.
The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region shepherded a volunteer task force of approximately 50 leaders and numerous agencies; and the number continues to grow. Our leaders have identified quality of life issues that capture the attention and the imagination. Historic sites were rediscovered as amenities unique to the area. These “stars”- as they became known in the Master Plan – do not exist anywhere else on the planet.
Over the ten year period since the inception of the district, community stakeholders have joined to plant 4,000 trees, install seven Epic ArtTM murals on storage tanks, complete eight city gateways, conduct economic research, ratify a corridor standards document, and include stars and state logos on overpasses in the region.