Thursday, April 7, 2011

Being a tourist in Goliad, TX, April 7, 2011

This is our curved pull through sites at Goliad SP.  I was always leery about pulling into these curved sites, but this one worked for us.


This is the Mission Espiritu Santo (1722-1830) which is located within Goliad SP. 





Lots of wildflowers were growing around the mission, including Texas Bluebonnets.


These decorations were used on all doors and window shutters at the Mission.  They were called nail bosses.  They weren’t decorations as I had thought, they were used to strengthen the joint when two boards were put together.  I even bought a pair of earrings of this same shape, only much smaller.

We then drove to the nearby Presidio La Bahia, the Fort of the Bay.  Below are all of the flags that have flown over this fort since it was established in 1749.

This is the place known in Texas history, as the Goliad Massacre.  On March 27, 1836 Col James Walker Fannin and 341 of his men were executed under the orders of General Santa Anna.



This fascinating structure is called the “Our Lady of Loreto Chapel”.  This chapel was built within the quadrangle for the sole use of the soldiers and settlers.  It has been in continuous use since the 1700s.










I loved the key hole cover of the chapel, also the above (right side) was one of the Chapel’s original doors, it is within the range of being 300 years old.


Malone said...

Nice to see these old historical places and buildings in Texas. I hope I can find them again when we get back that way. Travel safe.

E Squared and Mui said...

You sure are staying in an interesting park.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Nice pictures of the buildings. I will add it to our list of places to visit when in Texas.

Luci & Loree said...

I liked seeing Goliad, all the history in the place, very sad tho. And the flowers, when i was in Texas in February it was cold and brown!!!

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