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May 2, 2016 - Goliad Texas - Mission Espiritu Santo

In Goliad is Mission Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, also known as Aranama Mission or Mission La Bahia, it was a Roman Catholic mission established by Spain in 1722 in the Viceroyality of New Spain—to convert native Karankawa Indians to Christianity. Together with its nearby military fortress Presidio La Bahia, their purpose was to uphold Spanish territorial claims in the New World against encroachment from France. The third and final location near Goliad, Texas is maintained now as part of Goliad State Park and Historic Site.

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Jun 11, 2015 - "Come and Take It"

Before leaving this morning, a big tow truck showed up at the campground to pick up the coach that took out the electric and water last night. Apparently the guy ran over the pedestal and then backed up to run over it again. I think the second trip punctured his radiator. The truck was there to take the rig for repairs, but for some reason after trying to hook up, the tow truck driver gave up and left the coach in the driveway. I'm not sure what happened. The park management offered to give us a free night if we pass through the area again....

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2015 Texas Trek

Oct 28, 2013 - October 26-28, 2013 – Livingston to Goliad, Texas

October 26-28, 2013 – Livingston to Goliad, Texas I got away fairly early on Saturday. I got to Goliad State Park about 3. The drive is a hard one because there is no way to get to the south part of Texas from Livingston except through Houston. The traffic was fairly heavy but not nearly what it would have been if I had to come through on a week day. The weather was clear so I didn’t have to worry about road conditions which helped. When I got here, the campground was almost full. I was glad that I had made a reservation. There was only one...

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May 2, 2011 - Goliad, TX

We took time for a couple of days at Goliad State Park. This is an important area for the early days of Texas. The State Park has a restored mission. The Presidio is nearby and the Fannin Battlefield is nearby. We enjoyed the history and the good weather. We had a chance to do a few geocaches, too.

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Feb 18, 2011 - Goliad, Tx

The next day, Friday, we spent the day leaving the dry and dusty semi-desert behind as the landscape with much larger trees. The state park in Goliad has a reconstructed Mission and Fort from the early days of Texas. These are remarkable examples of well-researched archeological reconstructions and well worth the visit. We were disappointed with the campsites as the water/electric sites are located in a parking lot with picnic tables behind them. We would have taken a full-service site, but they were all booked. We had a wonderful surprise...

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Mar 27, 2009 - Goliad,TX

The masacre by Mexico of 342 Texans promised safe passage upon surrendering took place after the Battle of the Alamo. They were taken to Fort Defiance and on Palm Sunday March 27, 1836 they were killed. This event led to the Texas Revolutionary battle cry "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" Although many remember the Alamo today, fewer remember Goliad. The site of the massacre is located in Goliad State Park, just south of the town of Goliad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_Campaign Leigh had read about this so we checked it out....

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Mar 27, 2009 - More Texas history

After a four night stay back at Tropic Winds in Harlingen in which we did laundry, cleaned the house (inside and out) and said good bye to the last few couples from our caravan we headed up to Victoria, Texas. We had originally planned on going to Corpus Christi or Rockport but at the last minute decided to head to Victoria. Why, you may be asking. Well, I don't know, it just seemed like the thing to do. We have a membership campground here ( Dad's RV) and the drive from Harlingen goes right through Victoria. It could also be that without a...

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Nov 18, 2008 - Goliad, Texas

We're in Texas!! We arrived at the Encino Grande RV Park in Goliad early today. The RV Park is in a farm field but everything is full hookup and you can tell that there is a lot of business later in the season. There are a few trailers parked already. The lady that owns the land came out and showed us to our spot. It really was quite lovely because she has done a lot of planting and set out swings and other garden ornaments. However, you pull up on grass. I didn't like the looks of a long trail of fire ants that were marching in front of...

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Our 2008 Travels

Nov 14, 2006 - Goliad State Park and the Mission

Drove to Goliad State Park. It is the site of the Esprito Santu Mission built in the early 1700's by Spanish Franciscan fathers. It was reconstructed in the 1930s by the CCC (Civilian Construction Corps). It is very beautiful inside. In the evening, the sun set in such a way as to turn the white stucco finish into a pink highlighted by a bluish tinge on the dark side. Wednesday was a very windy day, with gusts over 45 mph for most of the day. Very glad we weren't driving Hogan. There were many branches that fell in the campground, but...

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Nov 5, 2006 - DAY FIVE - CenTex LoW Trip - To Goliad

This morning I was up early so I'd have time to unhook from the utilities and still get to church on time. I couldn't find the church I was looking for. I think they have either changed names or moved to a different location. I happened upon the First Baptist Church and even found a place on the street big enough for my motorhome. I was a few minutes late but hadn't missed much. The pastor preached the first part of a series on Thanks-living. It was good teaching. From there I headed to Goliad State Park, where we will camp for the next two...

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