Cost: First Shot Monument

In October 1835, the rising tension between the Mexican government and Texian settlers exploded into violence – and it happened near this spot.

One hundred years after that skirmish – now known as the Battle of Gonzales – this monument was dedicated here, to remember the first shot in the battle for Texas Independence. The sculptor, Waldine Tauch, was a Texan woman from Ballinger who studied under the prolific Italian sculptor Pompeo Coppini in San Antonio. 

First Shot Monuments Historic District

  • Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset
  • 4049 TX-97, Cost, TX
  • National Register of Historic Places