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Gonzales County Seat, Central Texas South

2930'32"N 9726'52"W (29.508801, -97.447709)
Hwy 183, 13 miles S of I-10
65 miles S of Austin
65 miles E of San Antonio
130 miles W of Houston
Population: 7,391 (2010) 7,202 (2000)

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Gonzales, Texas Topics:

  • History
  • Gonzales Chronicles - History, people & more
  • Gonzales Landmarks / Attractions
  • Gonzales County Courthouse next page
  • The former Gonzales County Jail next page
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  • TX - Gonzales County Courthouse, square with Soldiers
    Soldiers on parade with Gonzales County Courthouse in background
    Vintage photo courtesy Gonzales County Archives.
    A Short Description of a Town Long on History

    Outside of Nacogdoches, whose History predates the Texan Revolution, there is no town that figures so significantly in Texas History as Gonzales. Well, there is Brownsville. O.K. Nacogdoches, Gonzales and Brownsville. Of Course San Antonio goes without saying. 

    Gonzales is the only town of its size to retain its name from Spanish rule. It's ironic that this was the westernmost Anglo settlement in what was to become Texas. Beside it's being "The Lexington of Texas" and firing the first shot, it also was the only town to send reinforcements to the Alamo, a gesture that is understated in every History of the State. In return, Gonzales was burned to the ground in "The Runaway Scrape" and survived flood, other fires and John Hardin (who behaved himself both times he called Gonzales home). There was that little escape from the jail, but nobody got killed. With a history like this no wonder Gonzales developed a sort of self-imposed isolation for many years.

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    Gonzales TX CottonYard,  circa 1912
    Cotton Yard in Gonzales - circa 1912
    Courtesy The Will Beauchamp Collection

    Gonzales Landmarks / Attractions

    TX - Gonzales County Courthouse 1939 old photo

    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT

  • Gonzales County Courthouse
    by Lou Ann Herda, Ed. D
  • Gonzales County Courthouse
    From the original April 23, 1896, issue of The Gonzales Inquirer
  • The Legend of the Courthouse Clock
    by Lou Ann Herda, Ed. D

  • Former Gonzales County jail, Gonzales, Texas designed by Eugene Heiner

    The Former Gonzales County Jail
    esigned by Eugene Heiner
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson

    Sam Houston Oak, Texas historic tree
    The Sam Houston Oak by Mike Cox
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2008

    More Gonzales Attractions
  • The Gonzales Memorial Museum
  • The Sam Houston Oak Mike Cox "Texas Tales" column
    The ancient tree shades a wide area just east of Peach Creek, 8.5 miles from Gonzales...
  • Driving Tour
  • Holiday Historic Home Tour, and Christmas Lights
  • Pioneer Village Murray Montgomery "Lone Star Diary" column
  • Riverside Park
  • The Guadalupe River
  • The nine-hole golf course

    Sight Seeing

  • Gonzales, The Trip

    Gonzales Nearby Destinations

  • Gonzales County Towns
  • Cost
  • Lakewood
  • Palmetto State Park
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  • A Destination Worthy of a Drive

    Today, there's plenty to do and see, and it's certainly a destination worthy of a drive from Dallas as well as Houston. It's a mere 64 miles from Austin, and San Antonio is a brief and comfortable 66-mile drive.

    Bed and Breakfasts provide a civilized and relaxed way to visit, and for the more savage and pagan, there are two unusual and under-used parks only minutes away. The city itself has Independence Park with many amenities and views of the Guadalupe River come with nearly every picnic table.

    Gonzales is undergoing a skin shedding of sorts, with many houses undergoing restoration, following the lead of their magnificent courthouse. A Main Street City, it has shown its awareness of its own importance.

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    Gonzales Chronicles
    Come & Take It
  • The Battle of Gonzales: "Come and Take It" by Jeffery Robenalt
    Although the Battle of Gonzales was, in reality, nothing more than a minor skirmish, its political consequences were far reaching.
  • It's that time again in Gonzales - Come & Take It by Murray Montgomery
  • Dr. Pat Wagner and the "Come & Take It" Cannon by Murray Montgomery
    Those of us who love Texas history can thank Dr. Wagner for the little cannon that is presently on exhibit at the Gonzales Memorial Museum.
  • Susannah Dickinson by Linda-Kirkpatrick
  • Richard Kimble and Almaron Dickinson, Heroic hat makers at the Alamo by Murray Montgomery
  • G.W. Fly: Confederate soldier and Texas statesman by Murray Montgomery
    While researching old issues of The Gonzales Inquirer from the year 1905, I came across the obituary of Mr. G.W. Fly. The Fly name is very prominent in the history of Gonzales...
  • Murder of Local Doctor During Reconstruction from Murray Montgomery's "Lone Star Diary"
    After the Civil War ended, folks in Texas and throughout the South underwent a phase in time known as "Reconstruction." During this period, the states that had previously been part of the Confederacy were now subject to military rule as well as, occupation by Union troops. Citizens of Gonzales, Texas, had to deal with the problem of enemy soldiers, in their hated blue uniforms, walking the streets ...
  • Mass Grave in Gonzales - from Murray Montgomery's "Lone Star Diary"
  • Slave Ada Stone by Murray Montgomery
    109-Year-Old Ex-Slave Recalls Days Long Past
  • "A River, A Town, and Memories" by Murray Montgomer
    Remembering Tillie McGill Bright
    "I met her one time and I will always cherish those few hours that we spent together talking about the memories of her childhood in Gonzales, Texas..."
  • Small Town Artillery I -
    The Most Famous Piece of Ordnance in Texas
  • Small Town Artillery II -
    Gonzales: The Gun of August
  • The Gonzales Inquirer
  • The Texas, Gonzales, and Northern Railroad
  • Southern Clay
  • The Caracara - Vulture of the Millennium

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  • Coca-Cola ghost sign in Gonzales, Texas
    Coca Cola ghost sign in Gonzales
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
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    Gonzales, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Gonzales Inquirer - Thank You
    I'd just like to thank you for the blurb on the Gonzales Inquirer. My father, Paul Ziemer, served as Editor of the paper in 1953-55, and my mother, Margaret Ziemer, was (I believe) the first female editor in chief of that venerable paper, in 1956. - Eric Ziemer, August 07, 2004
  • All the DeWitt Colonists want to say thanks for the feature on our head municipality, Gonzales. Well done, it's hard to fish out because of poor record keeping, but contemporary Texians (and DeWitt Colonists) were a bunch of jokers half the time, in fact it's pretty well known that a significant portion of the Old 18 including alcalde Ponton were "pulling Col. Ugartechea and Lt. Castaneda's leg" on multiple events during the affair over a tube that could barely belch (or should we say vomit given a good powder emetic) out a potpourri of half-digested ordinance from local blacksmith trailings (it made a lot of noise though). - Wallace L. McKeehan, SONS OF DEWITT COLONY TEXAS, October 10, 1999
  • I found your website today and was both impressed and enchanted with the variety of material and humor. I liked the cow (steer?) over the Gonzales restrooms! - Bill Rau, SIDE ROADS October 13, 1999

    Editor's Note
    Each visit to Gonzales convinced us that their desire to show their town is a sincere desire to share. Our special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for their candor and to the Historic Society who contributed the images you'll see throughout the trip. Thanks also to the citizenry of Gonzales (new and old) who took time from their daily routine to answer questions and give directions to us (most of which were correct). - 1999

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