Goliad State Park & Historic Site

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About Goliad State Park & Historic Site

Are you ready to get buff? Leave the weights at home, we’re talking history buff! Goliad State Park is a quaint retreat on the San Antonio River with an amazing view into the history of the Texas Revolution. The park complex contains many historical building restorations, including the Spanish Colonial Era Mission Espíritu Santo - reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. At Goliad State Park, activities are as diverse as its past. Choose to relive the fall of Goliad by participating in a two-day reenactment, or enjoy the other side of the spectrum by signing up for their angling 101 “Tackle Loaner Program”; where individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers. Other day jaunts include hiking, swimming at the junior Olympic pool, nature and historical studies, and river access for kayaks and canoes. If you’re ready to flex your history muscles, book a site at one of Goliad’s four campgrounds!

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Ryan: At Jacales loop, all sights are pull through and have full hookups with sewer. The other loop is way...

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Hipcamper Ryan

At Jacales loop, all sights are pull through and have full hookups with sewer. The other loop is way back in the woods at a sort of parking lot without sewer hookups and backup sites. The museum and especially the interpretive trail past the museum are awesome

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Hipcamper Camden

There's not a whole lot to do in the park it can be walked through in a day but the town has a brewery that was really neat and kids are welcome! Also you will have to check their website they do paddling trips on the San Antonio river that runs through the park I believe twice a year.

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History of Goliad State Park & Historic Site

Goliad State Park is 188.3 acres, located near Goliad in Goliad County. In 1931, acreage was accepted by the state legislature from the city and county of Goliad and transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949. Surrounding ranches and oil fields remind visitors of the role the area played in the unfolding of Texas' history and economy.

The park, located on the San Antonio River, contains a refurnished replica of Mission Nuestra Senora del Espíritu Santo de Zuniga, reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The mission was originally established in 1722 near Matagorda Bay and moved to its present site in 1749. This mission was the first large cattle ranch in Texas, supplying its own needs and those of Spanish colonial settlements as far away as Louisiana. The park also contains General Ignacio Zaragoza's Birthplace, Plaza and Amphitheater, which are located nearPresidio La Bahia. General Zaragoza assumed command of the rag-tag Mexican Army and welded it into a staunch fighting force, which met and defeated the French on May 5, 1862, in the Battle of Puebla, which led to Mexico's independence from France. Park property also contains the ruins of Mission Nuestra Señora del Rosario, established in 1754, located four miles west of Goliad on U.S. Highway 59.

For more historical information, visit the University of Texas' Center for American History exhibition "'To Whom Was This Sacrifice Useful?' The Texas Revolution and the Narrative of José Enrique de la Peña." The exhibit showcases examples from the center's archival collections relating to the history of the Texas Revolution. Items included in this exhibit are a daguerreotype of the mission church of the Alamo, which is the earliest datable photograph taken in Texas; the battle plan at the Alamo; and the Texas Declaration of Independence.