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  • The Duck Pond in Riverside Park
    The Duck Pond in Riverside Park
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  • Karen in the Rose Garden
    Karen in the Rose Garden
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  • Karen at the Entrance to the Texas Zoo
    Karen at the Entrance to the Texas Zoo
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    The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    The 1892 Victoria County Courthouse

    This magnificent old structure is known as the 1892 Courthouse to differentiate it from the current courthouse, built in 1967, which stands next door. For shear beauty, the newer building dosen't hold a candle to the old one. The old courthouse was designed by architect J. R. Gordon in the Romanesque Revival Style with a clock tower. Gordon has several Texas courthouses to his credit, but was fired before completion of the Victoria courthouse because he failed to be present during every day of its construction, as his contract stipulated. Since the completion of the new courthouse, the old one has been used as an office building.

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    Riverside Park

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Duck Pond in Riverside Park

    Perhaps the prettiest spot in Victoria, and certainly a favorite of both visitors and locals alike, is Riverside Park. It's a big place, 565 acres along the meandering Guadalupe River. The park has a 27-hole golf course, an exercise trail, The Texas Zoo, a Rose Garden, and numerous picnic and playground facilities. We especially enjoyed the centerpiece of the park, the Duck Pond. There we not only saw ducks but geese and other birds as well.

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    The Rose Garden

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    Karen in the Rose Garden

    A feature attraction of Riverside Park is the Rose Garden, accredited by the All-American Rose Selections, a national organization which reviews public rose gardens. This is one of only seven accredited rose gardens in all of Texas.

    The garden features 1050 bushes and 105 varieties of roses, which seemed to be in the peak of bloom in early April. There is also a gazebo, a decorative fountain, and walkways among the roses. Admission is free.

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    The Texas Zoo

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    Karen at the Entrance to the Texas Zoo

    While small in size, only about 5 1/2 acres, the Texas Zoo was a delight to visit. As the name implies, the zoo specializes in animals which live or once lived in the wilds of Texas. We enjoyed seeing such endangered species as the Red Wolf and the Ocelot, as well as many more common ones. There are also a few exotic animals including Lemurs and Zebras.

    The Texas Zoo is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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    DeLeon Plaza

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Karen relaxes in DeLeon Plaza

    This historic plaza, originally named "Plaza de la Constitucion,", was later renamed for the founder of Victoria, Martin de Leon. It was first surveyed in 1830 as the main square and centerpiece of the city of Victoria. Shaded with spreading Live Oaks, Pecan, Magnolia and Elm, and decorated with flowers, it is a beautfiul spot in a lovely little City. The gazebo in the plaza is the focal point for concerts, and festivals, including Cinco de Mayo. Around the square are 12 lights, each festooned with four hanging flowerpots. These are a memorial to pioneer businessmen of Victoria. Twenty-three park benches throughout the plaza invite the wayfarer to stop and rest awhile.

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    Six Flags Over Texas

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    Six Flags Monument

    The Six Flags Monument displays the flags of the six different sovereign nations which have flown over the land that is today known as Texas. They are France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the U.S.A. The three large granite plaques below the flags state that the monument is dedicated to the "Explorers, Founders and Colonists of Victoria."

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    Confederate Monument

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    Victoria's Confederate Monument

    This monument was created by noted sculptor Pompeo Coppini, and placed by the William P. Rogers chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Victoria, Texas, June 3, 1912.

    Inscription on the monument:

    "ON CIVILIZATION'S HEIGHT
    IMMUTABLE THEY STAND"

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