Friday, September 9, 2011

Day Trip to Presidio La Bahia at Goliad, TX

A nice drive west of Victoria is the town of Goliad. I have known for quite some time that the Goliad State Park is one of the jewels in Texas. It is a very old town and the State Park is part and parcel of the whole of Goliad. The town center is a beautiful square with the Courthouse and the various offices and huge huge oak trees around the building.

Today I toured the Presidio, a fort. It was important as a holding point east and south of San Antonio. It was used to defend against Santa Anna and his troops. However, it fell shortly after the Alamo. The troops led by Fannin left too late to return to Houston and his troops over at the Brazos. They were caught about Coleto Creek, about 12 miles east of Goliad. They were brought back to the Presidio and shortly there after 'massacred' by their captors. Surprising to me was the fact that there were 350 men here. Much less than the Alamo.

Now another interesting fact is Coleto Creek Reservoir and Dam. It has a nice RV park there, too. It is open year round and you can stay there for extended times. They take reservations and are usually full by November. Looks to be a nice bird spot. They don't have sewer hooks up but do have a dump and in the winter they have a honey truck!

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