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Historic Gonzales, Texas
Everyone has heard of the Alamo and its place in history as regards to Texas' Independance from Mexico, but 66 miles east of San Antionio and 64 miles south of Austin (at the intersection of 90A and U.S. 183) is where the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired. 

Gonzales is only a short drive from Seguin where we were getting repaired after our accident so we took off one day and had a wonderful time exploring this charming town.

The square was decorated on all sides for the holidays. The lovely old stores and offices made me sad though because so many were empty or housed antique stores or thrift shops. After we parked the car, we walked straight to the coffee shop, but when we got there realized it had been out of business for quite a while. No one else wanted the store either so the old sign remained. Looking at the Visitors guide later, we discovered that there is a Wal-Mart out of town. We kept our visit to the actual town though.
The Romanesque Revival courthouse which was recently restored stands proudly where it has stood since 1896 and across from it is a monument to all the ranches in the county. Each piece of wood in the monument is filled with the different brands of the ranches.
The old county jail house which was built in 1885 and used until 1975 is now the visitor's center. We were free to wander about the jail and took particular notice of the gallows which sits on the first floor directly across from the cells. Prisoners could see the gallows all the time. The first photo above is directly across from the gallows photo3). The second floor had a 30 by 30 foot funabout cell for those who were not hardened criminals. At the end of the hall on the first floor is a dungeon with metal walls, ceiling and floor. Also on the first floor near the dungeon was a small apartment for the jailer. 

After we ate a delightful lunch at a little cafe' on the square, we took off on the walking tour of town. The houses were exquisite and so were their grounds. Notice the huge live oak tree that belongs to the house in the second row. Below are more houses we sighted on our walking tour.

We couldn't get over discovering this old mobil station across from one of the old houses. It hasn't pumped gas in a long time, but sits proudly as if it could. 

There is a lot more to explore in town. There is a living history center, Fort Waul (Civil War), Independence Park, Palmetto State Park, Centennial Historical Memorial, The Eggleston House and so on.

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