On the battlefield of San Jacinto in April of 1836, Sam Houston led a small group of men to victory, which resulted in the defeat of a much larger and more powerful Mexican army led by General Santa Anna. After the battle, Sam Houston, David Burnett, and the other members of the Texas Cabinet traveled to the cabin owned by Dr. George Moffit Patrick to begin drafting the original treaty documents that would secure Texas’ independence from Mexico.
Patrick’s residence was a little cabin that was situated on Buffalo Bayou, about a mile and a half away from the San Jacinto Battlefield, which is now the location of Dow Chemical (formerly Rohm and Haas). Due to the fact that this momentous historical event took place on land located in Deer Park, Deer Park has the honor of being known as the authentic “Birthplace of Texas.”
At 1410 Center Street, between 13th Street and Helgra, the City of Deer Park is pleased to exhibit a replica of Patrick’s Cabin for everybody to see. 1985 was the year that saw a group of city workers from the Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Works Department collaborate to build the model. Patrick’s Cabin was relocated from Dow Park to its current, more visible, and more permanent location on Center Street in the fall of 2007, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Beautification Committee and the Historical and Tourism Committee. In order to better depict the authenticity of the 1830s, changes have been made not only to the location site but also to the interior and exterior of the cabin.
You can find a variety of historical documents, photographs, and information on Simeon H. West, the city’s founder, at the Municipal Court and Theater Building, which is located at 1302 Center Street. Some of the documents you’ll find there include the city’s original deeds and surveys, photographs of early families, and information on Simeon H. West. The collection of objects on display was expanded in 2017 to include a series of eight letters written by Simeon H. West from California in the 1850s and 1860s. These letters were written between the years 1850 and 1860. The letters discuss the struggles that people had during the Gold Rush era, the beauty of California, as well as its politics, and the politics that existed before the Civil War.
The commemoration of the city’s sesquicentennial is the focal point of the museum cabinets that can be found at the Deer Park Public Library, which can be found at 3009 Center Street. If you go to the Deer Park Visitors Center, which is located in the Economic Alliance building at 203 Ivy Avenue, you will be able to see unique items that were taken from the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument.
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