Great Stone Circle & Panels
3523 Battleground Road (Independence Parkway)
La Porte , 77571
Per Jan DeVault, Ref. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Meeting of D.R.T., May 1941 Chapter Report, page 111; a great stone circle which surrounds the DRT Sun-Dial was through the efforts of the DRT in cooperation with the San Jacinto Park Board & State Board of Control, three stone panels in the great circle at San Jacinto; the platform area, rear wall, contains three panels outlining the development of the battleground area through the support of the D.R.T (the third references the Sun-Dial); also a plaque indicates that the WPA completed the platform in 1937, the Sun-Dial was erected in 1939; the text originally stated "shrine was begun in 1853" which was corrected to 1856
Directions: West side of Battleground Road, DeZavala Plaza area, Stone Circle supports/surrounds the Sun-Dial; the monument/platform is south of the Sun-Dial
Key Time Period: 1836 - 1845 Republic of Texas
Marker Text: (1) The movement to set apart San Jacinto Battleground as a patriotic shrine was begun in 1856. When a group of Texas veterans assembled here started a fund for a monument to the nine men who fell in the battle. In 1883 the state purchased the first ten acres.
(2) From its organization in 1891, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas became leaders in this work. They assisted in establishing the boundaries of the battlefield, placing granite boulders on significant sites, and induced the state legislature to appropriate money for buying and improving the land.
(3) In 1936 the state and nation began the erection of the memorial shaft to honor all Texas heroes. In 1939 San Jacinto Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas, acting as Trustees for the Texas veterans, erected the sun-dial, thus completing the work begun eight-six years before. (plaque underneath) Works Progress Administration 1935 - 1937
Marker Type: Plaza & Monument
Historical Org: Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Key Map Information: 499 T
GPS Coordinates: 29 45.203, 95 05.413
Precinct No: 2
Marker No: 00325