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e Gonzales Historic Homes Association is pleased to present, Grandeur of Gonzales, Historic Homes from the Birthplace of Texas Independence. It is an incredible showcase of the historically significant homes and public buildings that are preserved in the small city where Texas' independence from Mexico was launched. Included is a brief history of Gonzales and the pivotal role played in the fight for Texas independence. Just south of town, along the banks of the Guadalupe River, is where the first shot for Texas independence was launched and where the famous Come and Take It flag, designed and sewn by Naomi DeWitt from her wedding dress, was first flown. Gonzales was the only community to send men to the call for aide from the Alamo and the thirty-two men all gave their lives for the cause. When news of the fall of the Alamo reached Sam Houston, who was camped just east of Gonzales, he ordered the town burned and the flight eastward known as the Runaway Scrape began. Sam Houston and his army took a stand on April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto and defeated the Mexican army led by Santa Ana in a record breaking 18 minutes. e citizens returned to Gonzales and built a thriving community that flourishes today. Featured herein, are many of the homes built in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Gonzales boasts an incredible collection of grand and architecturally significant homes and public buildings unparalleled to any other in the state of Texas for a town of its size. A brief history of each home is included and you will be able to take a peek at the incredible architectural details and interior design of many homes never before revealed to the public.

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