Battleship Texas & Houston Seafood Restaurant
August 4, 2016
This Houston Seafood Restaurant located on the San Jacinto State Historical Site brings regular visitors that know the perfect way to top off a day of exploring Texas history is by enjoying the great food served up at that legendary local seafood restaurant, the Monument Inn. Located at 4406 Independence Parkway South, right down the street from the San Jacinto State Park, the Monument Inn is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic views of the Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto State Park while dining on some of the most delicious seafood to be found anywhere on the Gulf Coast.
There are many attractions to be found at the San Jacinto State Historical Site. Besides the San Jacinto Monument and Battlefield Museum there’s also the Battleship Texas Memorial and of course Houston’s best seafood restaurant, the Monument Inn.
The USS Texas is the oldest surviving representative of the Dreadnought Class of battleship that ruled the seas during the first decades of the Twentieth Century. She was launched on May 18, 1912 and commissioned on March 12, 1914. At the time of her commission, the USS Texas was one of the most powerful ships in the US fleet.
During World War One, the USS Texas provided escort for supply ships and helped lay mines in the North Sea. In World War Two the USS Texas saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Atlantic she escorted convoys (often stalked by German U-boats) and participated in many important battles, including shelling Axis positions during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. In the Pacific theater, the USS Texas provided support during the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
The USS Texas was awarded five battle stars and is one of only a handful of battleships that saw action in both world wars. The USS Texas was distinguished by many “firsts” during her years for service: she was the first battleship to have mounted anti-aircraft guns; the first battleship to control gun fire using directors and range keepers (analog predecessors of today’s computers); the first US battleship to launch an aircraft; and the first battleship to be outfitted with CXAM-1 radar system.
In 1948 the battleship arrived at her new home in the Houston Ship Channel and San Jacinto State Park, turned over to the State of Texas on April 21, the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. In 1983 the USS Texas was turned over to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and is now a permanent part of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which is also home to the San Jacinto monument and Houston’s best seafood restaurant, the Monument Inn. The vessel is open to the public, allowing visitors to experience what life was like aboard one of America’s great ships of war.
The USS Texas has appeared in several major Hollywood movies, including The Sand Pebbles, Pearl Harbor and Flags of Our Fathers.
We know you and your family will enjoy experiencing the important historical sites of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. In addition, we know you’ll love the tasty dishes served up by renowned local seafood restaurant, the Monument Inn. Along with a wide variety of fresh seafood including red snapper, shrimp and oysters, we also serve delicious pasta, beef and chicken dishes.
There are many seafood restaurants in Houston, but few that offer the beautiful scenic shoreline views you can enjoy from the dining room of the Monument Inn. Come for the history, stay for a meal – at the best Houston seafood restaurant, the Monument Inn, located at 4406 Independence Parkway in La Porte, Texas.
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