Cost, Texas, United States

“First Shot of the Texas Revolution" Monument

The wording below the bas-relief states “Near here on October 2, 1835 was fired the first shot of the Texas Revolution of 1835-36 -- the shot heard round the world. At Gonzales the Texans defied the Mexican government and refused their demand for the Gonzales cannon with the "come and take it" challenge until reinforcements arrived from other parts of DeWitt's Colony and from the colonies on the Colorado and Brazos. They then pursued the Mexicans from Gonzales to near this point and fired upon them with this cannon, driving them back to Bexar. This shot started the revolution and was directly responsible for adding more territory to the United States than was acquired by the freeing of the original thirteen colonies from England. (Erected by the State of Texas 1936).”

The monument was design by Waldine Amanda Tauch for the Texas Centennial. Tauch, a Texas-born sculptor, was a student and associate of Pompeo Coppini.

The actual battle site is about a mile north of this point.

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“First Shot of the Texas Revolution" Monument