Goliad State Park is a beautiful park that has so much history of Texas and the fight for independence and statehood. Almost everyone knows the history of what took place at the Alamo, in San Antonio, but an equally important battle happened in the surrounding area of Goliad.
The town square, with the county seat and courthouse is beautiful, as are the buildings surrounding the square. The architecture and design elements of these 1880’s buildings is just incredible – It never ceases to amaze me just how nice these buildings are and how old they are and most of them are still being used.
One of the most ghostly and Erie missions we have seen is the Presidio La Bahia, just outside Goliad, Texas; the history regarding the battle that took place, just three weeks after the Alamo, is haunting and humbling, and really makes me think about the hardships our forefathers endured to make this country great. It tells a story of the ruthless Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna, fighting for Mexico, who ordered a massacre of 400 Texans who surrendered to his forces 3 weeks after the Alamo.
We took a side trip to the Town of Victoria Texas, hoping the town square and courthouse would be up to par with others we have visited. Unfortunately the downtown area was rather bleak and no fun shops to go through. The old courthouse building didn’t disappoint – they sure knew how to erect a building back in the 1880’s. In the same downtown area we walked past a lovely old Catholic Church – just love those old churches and missions – something very moving about them. On another note, we found in Victoria, the equivalent of “Taco Tuesday” that we have seen in other parts of the country (Oregon and Utah, to name two); The Texan version is called “Gizzard Tuesday” what a riot. And no we didn’t try it.