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Gonzales: The Trip, Part II

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Telling them the Alcalde was out of town (the nineteenth century equivalent of "he's in a meeting") the eighteen men were able to bluff the Mexican commandant who had brought 150 dragoons with him (200 dragoons = one peso). To pass the time the Mexicans engaged in a soccer game which took them about six miles away (Final score: Iguanas: 3 - Chihuahuas: 1). The rest as they say is history and we like to leave that to historians.
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The 1936 Monument
Photo by John Troesser, April 2000
Continue down 183 where it will split. Take Highway 97 and look for a large roadside marker after about six miles. Here is the handsome monument erected in 1936 and executed by the adopted daughter of Popino Copini, which is a fun name to say with an Italian accent. After appreciating this, don't leave, but continue on Spur 95 to come to yet another marker erected by the school children of Gonzales (between you and me, I think they had some help). This is the site of the fight, where the truth was revealed to the Mexican Force. "We've got the cannon, you don't!" "The Alcalde wasn't really out of town, he was in a meeting!" "You need 50 more dragoons to make a peso!" These insults, quips and barbs were hurled with such force, that the Mexican force retreated from the field, leaving one extremely sensitive dragoon, dead from insults. The cannon was fired and heard by the citizens of Gonzales. The touch-hole had been spiked previously and it expended nearly as much force from there as from the muzzle.

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Gonzales - Guadalupe River at Cost
Guadalupe River
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History aside, this is a beautiful put-in point if you brought a canoe. Water lilies blooms in the summer. The elephant ears line the banks like they do in New Braunfels and San Marcos. The local canoe rental agency has suspended operations for at least another season. 

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Egrets? We've Got a Few, But Then Again Too Few to Mention

Herons and egrets can be seen near the river and in low-lying areas. Birdwatching is fruitful and nearby Palmetto Park (see Gonzales side trip) is the home to a large concentration of Caracaras.

This concludes our visit to Gonzales. Please remain in your car until it comes to a complete stop. We enjoyed having you and hope that you will visit us again in the near future. Remember - If you don't care where you are, you're not lost.

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