Come And Take It 2 LbNA # 45343
|Placed Date||Jan 15 2009|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Status: retired (02/02/15)
In 1835 unrest developed among the colonists in Texas because of the over-bearing attitude of the Mexican government. A small brass cannon had been given to Gonzales in 1831 as protection against Indians, so San Antonio officials sent Castaneda and 150 mounted soldiers to take back the weapon. Sarah Seely and Evaline DeWitt quickly fashioned Texas' first battle flag and the cannon was unearthed from the peach orchard of George W. Davis. When early morning fog lifted on October 2, 1835, the Mexicans found themselves confronted by a force of Texans (the "Old Eighteen") and the cannon, over which proudly waved the flag with the flaunting words "Come And Take It". Upon the first shot, the Mexican forces broke ranks and fled in terror, leaving one dead on the battlefield. The first shot for Texas Independence had been fired and the first battle won, thus making Gonzales the "Lexington Of Texas". The city of Gonzales contains several monuments to the men and events of the battle along with the Gonzales Memorial Museum which houses the famous cannon and many historical artifacts. It is free and open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am - noon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Though not as well known as the Alamo or San Jacinto, Gonzales holds a significant place in Texas history and is well worth a visit. This box is in a different location with a different stamp than the first one that went missing, so consider it a new Find.
Gonzales is about 130 miles west of Houston and may be reached by traveling west on I10 to Hwy 183. Go south to Gonzales where it becomes Water St. Turn left (east) on St. Lawrence Street and go 10 blocks to the Gonzales Memorial Museum at 414 Smith St. and park along the street.
Go inside the Gonzales Memorial Museum to see the cannon and artifacts. As you come out the front entrance facing the reflection pool, turn to the left (south) and go down the steps to the hedge on the left. Turn left on the sidewalk running next to the hedge and go about 12 steps to the iron fence and the end of the hedge. Look left in the last bush for the microbox hanging from a branch 4 feet high. Please be discreet and leave the box attached to the branch.