Friday, February 17, 2012

Battleship Texas

Since it's in the same area as the San Jacinto Monument, we decided to tour the Battleship Texas, as well.  This ship fought in both World Wars, and at times had up to 1800 sailors on board!  The ship was like a miniature floating town, complete with a couple of stores, barber, dentist, and surgeon.  Oh, and a few jail cells, too!  

View of the ship from San Jacinto Monument.

Right next to the ship.

On board.

Sleeping Quarters

General Store



San Jacinto Monument

Being that none of us were born, raised, or otherwise connected to the great state of Texas until we moved here just about 4 years ago, our knowledge of Texas history was limited mostly to the Alamo.  Who knew that not too long after that battle, another battle was fought, right here in the Houston area?  This time around, the Texans had the upper hand.  You can learn more about the San Jacinto battle right here.  The kids quite enjoyed the history lesson, as did the adults!

View from the observation deck on the monument.

Exploring the battle grounds!

The twin sisters.  Not the girls, the cannons!  These are replicas of the cannons used in the battle.