San Jacinto LbNA # 31
|Placed Date||Nov 10 2002|
|Location||Deer Park, TX|
|Found By||The Awkward Turtle (Attempted)|
|Last Update||Feb 23 2013|
Replaced/relocated (04/15/03), replaced/relocated (03/10/06), relocated (01/29/07)
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is part of the San Jacinto Loop described on the Upper Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. But even more important, it is the site of the famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought Texas its independence from Mexico when General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna on April 21, 1836. Because of the great importance of the battle to the course of history, the Battleground is of state, national and international significance, a fact that is attested to by the site's National Historic Landmark status. There is a $1.00/adult fee to enter the park, which consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. You can relive the battle by hiking the Battleground Walking Tour (2.5 mi.) and visiting the Museum of History on the lower level of the monument. For a birds-eye view of the area, ascend the 570 foot monument (fee). To see the native prairie, tidal marsh and bottom-land forest as it appeared at the time of the historic 1836 Battle, hike the Marsh Trail & Boardwalk (.5 mi), where this letterbox is located. There are also picnic tables and grills on site, so plan on bringing the family and making a day of it while learning about Texas history!
From Houston take Loop 610 East, then Texas Highway 225 east for 11 miles to Battleground Road (Texas Highway 134). Turn left (north) and go about 2 miles. Turn right (east) on Park Road 1836 for the Monument. Pay entrance fee, then drive to the monument and continue right (east) around it to the back (north) side and park by the Marsh Trail.
Walk north on the asphalt trail to a junction, then turn right and walk 55 steps toward the boardwalk. Turn right and walk 28 steps off trail to a cement slab behind 2 trees growing close together. Look in a tree next to the left (east) side of the slab. The camo letterbox is hanging on the back side about 2 feet off the ground. Please replace as described. NOTE: It has been reported that the area has not been mowed and the cement slab is hard to see from the trail. Also there are bees, so bee careful.