Introduction to Gonzales, Texas
The city of Gonzales was founded by Empresario Green DeWitt in August of 1825. It was established as the capital of his colony and named after Rafael Gonzales, the Governor of Coahuila y Tejas. Gonzales, which was earlier known as Dewitt County, is one of the earliest settlements of the Anglo-Americans in Texas. In 1826, the original settlement was vacated after being attacked by Indians twice. It was rebuilt in 1827 not far from the site of the original settlement. Gonzales is known as the "Lexington of Texas" as the first encounter of the Texas Revolution occurred here.
Gonzales and Nearby Attractions
- Lake Wood Recreation Area
- Texas Zoo
- Old Jail Museum
- Palmetto State Park
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- Heroes of Texas Independence Monument
Things To Do In Gonzales
Some of the popular attractions located at some distance away from the city are the San Antonio Zoo, the Texas Zoo, and SeaWorld San Antonio. LBJ Museum exhibits focus on the life and times of former president Lyndon B. Johnson. A trip may be planned to Yoakum Heritage Museum located nearby. In addition, there are several parks in the area including Lockhart State Park, Buescher State Park, and Palmetto State Park. Lockhart State Park provides opportunities to play golf, and it also has camping grounds and hiking trails. Sebastopol House State Historic Site amd Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites are frequently visited historical sites.
Flights are available at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Gonzales Higher Education
Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University are located near Gonzales.