Monument Hill State Park, La Grange

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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  • Monument Hill has been our favorite place to picnic in the spring. The grounds are kept up very nicely. There is also a very moving monument there where the bodies of the men that fought for Texas fro...  more »
  • I discovered this park on a whim back in 2000 when I needed a break from Houston's flat terrain but only had a Saturday to spare and wanted to be back in Downtown Houston by late afternoon. I got on t...  more »
  • If you’re a fan of Texas history you must visit this place. Well done state park. Small but well worth the visit.  more »
  • 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.

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