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Downtown Goliad

Goliad is a small town located in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.


Founded on the San Antonio River, the town is most famously known for being the birthplace of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza (who later commanded the forces resisting the French Army in the battle of Puebla, now celebrated as Cinco de Mayo) and for being the site of the Goliad Massacre of the Texas Revolution, in which 342 men were killed by Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna after being defeated by the Mexican army.

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Mission Espíritu Santo
  • Goliad State Park & Historic Site, 108 Park Road 6, 361 645-3405, [1]. Contains a refurnished restoration of the Spanish Colonial Era Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Just down the road from the main park headquarters office, visitors can also tour the ruins of the 1750s Mission Rosario State Historic Site (by appointment) and visit the museum at Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, which is open on Saturdays.  edit
Presidio la Bahia
  • Presido la Bahia, 217 Loop 71, (361) 645-3752, [2]. Presidio La Bahia is a Spanish fort that was established in 1749, built alongside with Mission Espíritu Santo. This location is where the Battle of Goliad and the Goliad massacre took place. It has been owned by the Catholic Church since 1853 and is currently operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria.  edit

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  • Blue Quail Deli, 224 S Commercial St, (361) 645-1600, [3]. A local deli known for their sandwiches and cream of jalapeno soup.  edit
  • Empresario, 141 S Courthouse Sq, (361) 645-2347. Local restaurant known for their sandwiches and pies.  edit

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  • Executive Inn & Suites, 124 S Jefferson St, (361) 645-3251. Small roadside motel that is relatively clean. Includes a small mini-kitchen and free Wi-Fi.  edit


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