The San Jacinto Monument was built in dedication to those who fought for Texas’ independence. At 570 feet, this Texas giant is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the United States. It stands 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument and is the world’s tallest war memorial. The museum is in the base of the monument, greeting visitors with bronze doors emblazoned with the six flags of Texas. The base is 125 sf, with text panels highlighting significant events in history. The shaft itself is octagonal, 48 feet at its base, 30 feet at the observation level, and 19 sf at the base of its crowning jewel—a 220-ton star made from stone, steel, and concrete.