San Jacinto Museum of History

567.31 Ft.
The walls of the Monument are Texas Cordova shellstone. The stone is known geologically as the "Whitestone Lentil," and was formed approximately 105 million years ago.
Monument Walls
The flags represent the six nations that have claimed sovereignty over Texas.
Six Flags Over Texas
The flags represent the six nations that have claimed sovereignty over Texas.
Six Flags Over Texas
The total height of the Monument is 567.31 ft. — 12.31 ft. taller than the Washington Monument.
Monument Height
Wages for day workers on the project were between $2.00 and $2.50 per day. They were not paid for their time walking up the shaft in the morning and coming down in the evening.
Workers' Wages
The eight carved panels around the octagonal base depict important moments in the Battle of San Jacinto and the history of Texas.
At its dedication on San Jacinto Day in 1939 the monument was the largest masonry construction project ever built.
Things are bigger...
The final cost of the Monument was more than $1.5 million. $250,000 was contributed by the State of Texas, $400,000 came from funds appropriated by Congress for the celebration of the Texas Centennial and the balance came from the City of Houston, the PWA and WPA.
Grand Total
Architect Alfred C. Finn claimed his inspiration for the design of the building came from the two monuments he considered particularly inspiring: the Lincoln and Washington Memorials in Washington, D. C.. His design had the shaft of the Washington Memorial rising from the Lincoln Memorial and topped with the Lone Star of Texas.
The walls of the monument's base are inscribed with the story of the War of Texas Independence, writ large in less than six hundred words.
Frame's ribbon
Screenshot of Monument's Cam
Experience a LIVE VIEW from the top of the San Jacinto Monument overlooking the Houston Ship Channel and Battleship Texas. Access an archive of footage from the past 24 hours and a “Hall of Fame” collection of the most spectacular user-submitted views.
Observation Deck
Stand beneath the 220-ton Lone Star of Texas and witness what its heroes created. Looking through a window from high atop the monument, it's hard to believe this area was ever anything other than what it is now — a beautiful and thriving metropolis. Explore the photos above to get a bird's-eye view from the observation deck.
The monument's design was the brainchild of architect Alfred C. Finn and engineer Robert J. Cummins, both Houstonians. Construction ran from 1936 to 1939. Its builder was the W. S. Bellows Construction Co. of Dallas and Houston. The impressive structure alone — apart from its historical significance — is worth a trip to San Jacinto Battleground. At 570 feet, this Texas giant is one of the finest examples of Moderne (Art Deco) architecture in the United States, and is recognized as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The photos above give a glimpse of life at the worksite.
"In future time, then may the pilgrim's eye see here an obelisk point toward the sky..."
— Anonymous poet
The above prediction was penned in the poem: "Ode to San Jacinto", even before the Republic of Texas became the State of Texas. Today, the world's tallest war memorial stands at San Jacinto, honoring all those who fought for Texas' independence. Immediately after the battle, the land — then privately owned — commanded respect from all who walked on its soil. The Texas Veterans Association began planning a formal monument, and the state finally received funding to purchase the land in the 1890s.
After years of pushing by the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, as well as help from President Roosevelt's Secretary of Commerce Jesse H. Jones — a prominent Houstonian — its proponents raised enough money to build a fitting monument. With San Jacinto's 100-year anniversary at hand, the time was right. Learn more about the monument's history by exploring the photo gallery, above.
Museum and Library
The base of the Monument houses the San Jacinto Museum of History — your gateway to Texas culture. With continued support, the San Jacinto Museum of History Association has occupied the facility since its doors first opened. From Mayan idols to Mexican manuscripts to Sam Houston's private dictionary — the museum has over 30,000 artifacts and displays them in both a permanent exhibit and rotating special exhibits. No matter how many times you visit, you're sure to see something new each time. From books to bayonets, swords to sketches, there's something here for everyone. The gallery above shows just some of the treasures you'll see on display.