“Come and Take It.” If you live in Texas, you probably know this saying by heart. If you are not from Texas, chances are you have seen a white bumper sticker with this phrase and a picture of a cannon on a Texan’s vehicle. This comes from a flag that originated in the 1800’s. The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place in Gonzales, TX in 1835. A small number of men refused to give up their cannon and raised this flag to show they were not messing around! Gonzales was the ONLY city to send aid to the ever famous Battle of the Alamo. They sent 32 men, all of whom died in the battle. Gonzales is now a steadily growing city between the San Marcos/Austin area. It serves as the county seat for Gonzales County and is rich with history. Gonzales College opened in 1853. There were 50 students enrolled. At one point, the men’s quarters was torn down to help build a fort for the war! The school is no longer operating but is now used as a residence. You can still see many historical homes as Gonzales has a high number of them. The original city built just a few miles away was burned to the ground in the 1800’s. They rebuilt the city and today remains as it was originally surveyed. And if you are looking for other fun things to do, it’s location near the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers provides ample opportunity for a great time! If being outdoors is not your idea of fun, nearby San Marcos has a large outlet mall!
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