San Jacinto State Historic Site
Museum Battleship USS Texas.
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site includes the location of the Battle of San Jacinto, as well as the USS Texas, the only remaining World War I-era dreadnought battleship. A prominent feature of the park is the San Jacinto Monument. Visitors can take an elevator to the monument's observation deck for a view of Houston, the Houston Ship Channel and the USS Texas. The San Jacinto Museum of History is located inside the base of the monument. In addition to the Battle of San Jacinto, the museum's exhibits focus on the history of Texan culture, including Mayan, Spanish and Mexican influences, the history of the Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas, and important figures in Texas history.
Among US-built battleships, Texas is notable for her sizeable number of firsts: the first US Navy vessel to house a permanently assigned contingent of US Marines, the first US battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns, the first US ship to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers (analog forerunners of today's computers), the first US battleship to launch an aircraft, one of the first to receive the CXAM-1 version of CXAM production radar, the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, and the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark. It was propelled by two vertical triple-expansion steam engines.
Texas has appeared in several films prior to and since her retirement, including "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), "Pearl Harbor" (2001), "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006). Texas was a central plot element in the 1985 science fiction book "The Ayes Of Texas" by Daniel da Cruz, who served on the Texas in World War II.