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Texas Historical Attractions

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Texas has a long and interesting history. Luckily, many of Texas' most historic sites and landmarks remain and are available for tours and viewing for Texas visitors.

1. The Alamo

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The site of one of the most notorious battles in history has been remarkably preserved and is open to tourists. Visitors to the Alamo are able to stand in the very spot some of the famous Texas defenders stood during the historic seige of the Alamo.

2. Texas State Capitol

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Completed in 1888, the Texas Capitol was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Today it is open to visitors on a daily basis.

3. San Jacinto Monument and Museum

One of the most revered sites in Texas history is the San Jacinto Battleground - the very place where Texas gained its independence. Today, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum sit atop the plot of ground where Gen. Sam Houston defeated the army of Gen. Santa Anna

4. Washington-on-the-Brazos

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Washington-on-the-Brazos is the location where the Convention of 1836 signed Texas' Declaration of Independence from Mexico. The site also served as the Texas Capitol off and on through the early years of the Republic of Texas.

5. Point Isabel Lighthouse

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Located in Port Isabel, one of the oldest towns in Texas, the Point Isabel Lighthouse served mariners along the Lower Texas Coast throughout the Civil War and into the 1900s.

6. Battleship Texas

A veteran of both World Wars, the Battleship Texas is now moored at the San Jacinto Historical Site, where it is open for tours to the public.

7. San Antonio Missions

Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion were built over the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today these four historic San Antonio landmarks have been preserved and are open to the public as part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

8. Bishop's Palace

Completed in 1893, the Bishop's Palace survived the 1900 hurricane and is now part of Galveston's Historic Homes Tour.

9. Texas State Cemetery

The Texas State Cemetery was established in 1851 and is the final resting ground for such Texas icons as Stephen F. Austin, General Albert Sidney Johnston, Governor Allan Shivers, Governor John Connally, and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock.

10. Moody Mansion

Completed in 1895, the Moody Mansion is the epitome of Victorian architecture in turn of the century Galveston. The mansion, which was home to the powerful Moody family, survived the 1900 hurricane and now has been restored and is open for tours and lunch.
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