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    Goliad County Courthouse
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    Goliad Historic District
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Goliad Things to Do

  • Mission Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit...

    Just south of town, the 178-acre Goliad State Park maintains the 1749 reconstructed Mission Espiritu Santo, and as an interpreted archeological site, the ruins of Mission Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Along with the nearby Presidio La Bahia, it comprises one of North America's most outstanding examples of a Spanish mission-presidio complex.

  • Monument and Grave of Col. Fannin and...

    One block beyond Presidio La Bahia is the monument and field which is the burial site of Col. James W. Fannin and the 342 men who had surrendered to Mexican forces after the battle of Coleto. Some of the massacred Texan freedom fighters were burned and the bodies of the others were stripped and left on the ground to rot or be eaten by wild...

  • Fannin Plaza Park

    This plaza and obelisk near the center of Goliad was dedicated in 1886 for the 50th anniversary of the Goliad Massacre. Two cannons from the Texas revolution are on display in the plaza. Under one is inscribed: "Found on the Streets of Goliad after the Battle of 1836." Beneath ther other: "Used by Colonel Fannin and His Men on Fannin Battlefield in...

  • Birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza

    This humble reconstructed dwelling marks the birthplace of Gereral Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican hero who rallied the rag-tag Mexican army and defeated Napoleon's French forces at Puebla, May 5, 1862, securing Mexico's independence. He is regarded as the father of Cinco de Mayo, which today is celebrated as an international holiday.

  • Presidio La Bahia

    The walled bastion Presidio La Bahia, a National Historic Landmark, is operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, and stands across the San Antonio River from Mission Expiritu Santo. Both were built in 1749, and together they represent one of North America's few surviving examples of a Spanish Colonial crown and church community. Colonel James...

  • Goliad County Courthouse

    This is Goliad's third courthouse and the second to be built on this site. The current courthouse was completed in 1894 at a cost of $67,800. In 1902, a tornado devastated most of the city and the courthouse served as a hospital and morgue. The nine flags that have flown over Goliad are on display.Market Days are held here the second Saturday of...


Goliad Restaurants

  • Wonderful Atmosphere

    The Lost Cajun is a unique restaurant. The ambience is wonderful. Don't dress up, because it's a down home, Louisiana swamp, New Orleans back street atmosphere. The food is fabulous, the people friendly. What more can you ask? Great prices? Well, not great maybe, but certainly fair! It is also a great restaurant if you have children with you. They...

  • Some of the Best Food in Texas

    The moment we saw this little storefront restaurant in Goliad we knew we had found our lunch spot. We entered with high hopes and it exceeded our expectations. It was our most delicious meal, and one of the least expensive, during our recent 10 day vacation in Texas.. I loved the lunch special: roast turkey with cornbread dressing and gravy, green...

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    Karen at the Fannin Monument on Palm Sunday, 2004

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    "Victims of treachery's brutal stroke,
    They died to break the tyrant's yoke."
    --from the monument

    The battle fought near Coleto Creek in Goliad County on March 19 and 20, 1836, was one of the most significant engagements of the Texas Revolution. It was a strategic victory for the Mexican army, but the infamous aftermath inspired a Texan battle cry in their decisive victory at San Jacinto, just one month later.

    Colonel James W. Fannin led his army of 400 men eastward out of the protective walls of Presidio La Bahia on the morning of March 19, 1836. Caught in the open prarie by General Jose Urrea's Mexican troops, the Texans were forced to surrender. On Palm Sunday, March 27, the prisoners were marched out of the presidio and shot. Their dead bodies were partially burned and left on the ground. Almost three months later, Texas troops arrived and gathered the remains which were buried with full military honors.

    IN 1914, the State of Texas built a gray-granite monument on thirteen acres donated to mark and preserve the battlefield site. The land became Fannin Battleground State Historical Park in 1965. It is located 9 miles east of Goliad on US-59, then less than one mile south on farm road #2506.

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