San Jancinto Museum of History

The Golden Age of 
Transport in Texas


About fifty miles from the San Jacinto Battleground in Chambers County and on property near where the “Turtle Bayou Resolutions” were signed in June of 1832, the Texas Department of Transportation has opened a pair of new rest areas on East and West-bound Interstate I-10. These modern new rest stops broke ground in January of 2010 just East of the Trinity River Bridge and were formerly the site of truck weigh stations. The San Jacinto Museum of History has been asked to provide a series of exhibits highlighting the history of the region.

Each center has interactive exhibits, nature trails, picnic tables, jungle gyms, free Internet access and many other amenities — including an oversize model of the iconic San Jacinto Monument. The next time you are traveling East of Houston on I-10, take the time to stop by and stretch your legs! 

Currently on display are period photos, advertisements and memorabilia that illustrate how low-priced gasoline, new roads, bigger and less expensive cars and the creation of a service industry to assist motorists on their journeys changed the way people traveled about the country in the 1930s. The importance of the Houston Ship Channel as an extremely important transportation artery for bulky goods today is also examined.