Gonzales County Courthouse
Built 1894-1896 of limestone and red brick of the Romanesque Revival style
The Courthouse just underwent a 3.5 million dollar restoration and now shines like a restored vintage BMW Motorcycle.
Old Jail, Courthouse and Fire Station are all on the large historic Town Square which was set-up during the original Mexican survey of 1832.
Gonzales served as the capital of Empresario Green DeWitt's colony from 1825 to 1836. Since 1837, the city of Gonzales has been the county seat of Gonzales County.
Spanish word Empresario, denoted a businessman, entrepreneur, or/and contractor. These Empresarios were granted the right to settle Mexican land in exchange for loyalty and taking responsibility for their settlers. The policy was changed in 1820, when Spanish law allowed colonists of any religion to settle in Texas. Moses Austin, then later his son, Stephen F. Austin were granted the contract under old Spanish law. Before he could begin his colony, however, Mexico achieved its independence from Spain. At this time, about 3500 people lived in Texas, mostly around San Antonio and La Bahia.
The first group of colonists, known as the Old Three Hundred, arrived in 1822 and settled along the lengthy Brazos River.
1810 - September 15, The cry of Mexico Independence from Spain
1823 - General Santa Anna declares Mexico a Republic
1824 - Texas General Colonization Law, the state government of Coahuila y Tejas had many requests to allow foreign speculators to establish colonies within the state
1836 - (March 2) The Texas Declaration of Independence
1845 - U.S. annexation of Texas. Texas gained statehood
1846 - 1848 Armed conflict between the United States and Mexico
1861 - Texas joined the Confederate States of America,
Read four history books about the Texas history and you'll have four different versions of what occurred .. . . and so the story kinda goes. . . I pick up much of the state history on the numerous Histerical Texas signposts . . .