Gonzales? Gonzales, who? Not Gonzales who--Gonzales what. Gonzales, Texas--the city. Gonzales, TX--why? I visited Gonzales, TX. The park ranger I live with insisted that we visit Gonzales on our way to a ministry engagement in Victoria, TX. Anyone that knows Park Ranger knows that if there is anything historic, scenic, notorious or just plain interesting on the way, Park Ranger will make a point of seeing it. Gonzales was such a place. Most of the places that Park Ranger selects to see are pretty interesting. Gonzales was no exception.
Gonzales was actually the place where the Texas revolution started. It is known as the Lexington of Texas. (Lexington is known as the place where the 'shot was heard around the world'--the first shot of the US revolution.) Shots were exchanged in a skirmish over a small cannon that the Texas settlers had been given from the Mexican government. They were given the cannon to protect themselves from Indian raids, but when Santa Anna came into power, he decided that the Texans didn't have any business having a cannon. He decided to take it back. The women were commissioned to make a flag for the Texans. They chose to make the flag out of their wedding dresses and embroidered and painted the image of the cannon with the words "Come and get it". Sam Houston actually put out the call to join the Texas militia from the shade of this huge live oak tree.
Gonzales had a beautiful courthouse and downtown area. Beside the courthouse is the jail, which is also the town's visitor's center. One can get all kinds of information about the town at the visitor's center including the historic places to see as well as a directory of bed and breakfast establishments. After getting all the information one would want, visitors can take a tour of the jail. What a creepy surprise. The jail was complete with gallows and noose. My daughter decided to check out the noose, and when she did, all my mother's caution went haywire. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Well, so much for the historical part of the visit, but for me the most memorable part of the trip was seeing all of the old homes in the town. Many of them are private homes, but some are bed and breakfasts. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Pictured at the end is an old Mobil gas station that looks exactly like the ones that used to be. Also is the stage stop and the cannon are pictured,.
Park Ranger came through again. Gonzales is a great place to visit. Small Town, TX, USA