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Monument Hill State Park, La Grange

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Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites is a historic state park located at 29.888° -96.876°, just off U.S. Route 77, south of La Grange, Texas. The park sits on a sandstone bluff above the Colorado River. Monument Hill is a crypt and memorial to the men who died in the Dawson Massacre and in the Black Bean Episode of the ill-fated Mier Expedition.The Kreische Brewery site commemorates the contribution European immigrants made in Texas, specifically German immigrant, stonemason and brewer Heinrich Kreische, whose house and brewery ruins are in the park. The Kreische Brewery and house were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1975.HistoryOn September 18, 1848, the remains of Texans killed in the Dawson Massacre and the Black Bean Episode (death lottery), which had been retrieved from their original burial sites, were reinterred in a common tomb with a sandstone vault at the location now known as Monument Hill. Over 1,000 people came for the ceremony including U.S. Senator Sam Houston.
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  • Admission is free, but they do ask for a donation. Monument Hill is a great tribute to the fallen Texans who lost their lives in two battles with Mexico. The view from the path of the town of La Grang...  more »
  • This site, operated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, has two historic sites-Monument Hill where the men from the Dawson and Mier Expeditions are buried and Kreische Brewery, one of the first commercial br...  more »
  • We hiked 80% of the trails and noted the grounds are well maintained. A short walk to the scenic overlook is a must. The office has several artifacts from the brewery and historical displays to view a...  more »
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  • Quaint, scenic, informative, beautiful, rustic... what's not to like? Great little park with historic significance with lookouts to the Colorado River below. The house and old brewery are a must-see if you are a history buff. Staff are outstanding: friendly, helpful, Texan :) Recommended!
  • What a great find! If you are thinking about stopping here, do it as you will not be disappointed. Great park rangers that can tell you where to go and what to do along with offering guided tours at various times each day. A lot of history here as well so take your reading glasses and get ready to learn!
  • Nice, quiet, well-kept park. A sobering reminder of the price paid by Texans in the name of freedom from Mexico.
  • Nice park and helpful staff. The monument is very pretty and the brewery is pretty neat, although I wish you could get closer. An interesting way to spend an hour or two.
  • Great views. Great History. Inviting little state park.