One of Texas' oldest municipalities; area was inhabited long before recorded history. Early Spanish explorers list an Aranama Indian village at the site, then called Santa Dorotea. In 1749, Spain established a mission and, as was custom, a nearby Presidio (fort) for protection. "Remember Goliad" became a Texas Revolution battle cry honoring Col. James W. Fannin Jr. and his men who were massacred at Goliad. memorial services at grave of Colonel Fannin and his troops on weekend near March 27.
GENERAL ZARAGOZA STATE HISTORIC SITE
GOLIAD STATE PARK
GRAVE OF COL. JAMES W. FANNIN AND MEN
MARKET HOUSE MUSEUM
PRESIDIO LA BAHIA
A junior size Olympic swimming pool, across the highway and not a part of the state park, is operated by the city of Goliad.
Such was Presidio Santa Maria del Loreto de la Bahia, established in 1749 near Mission Espiritu Santo. It grew into one of the more important forts on the Spanish frontier, and is the finest example of a complete Spanish presido in Texas. Its chapel is still in regular use for religious services.
Excavation and restoration of massive stone walls and other structures of fort have been completed by Kathryn O'Connor Foundation.
It was in this presidio that Fannin's men, during the 1836 Texas Revolution, were imprisoned after their surrender, and were massacred in violation of honorable terms upon which they had laid down their arms.
A museum houses articles discovered during restoration, memorabilia of the Texas Revolution, and artifacts indicating nine levels of civilization at the site. Two miles south off U.S. 183, immediately south of San Antonio River.
Child and Day Care Providers
|Licensed Child-Care Center||First Baptist Christian School||332 Ward Goliad, TX 77963||GOLIAD||361-645-2424|
|Licensed Child-Care Center||Its a Small World||215 Market S Goliad, TX 77963||GOLIAD||361-645-3331|
|Licensed Child-Care Home||Little Leapers Day Care||244 San Patricio N Goliad, TX 77963||GOLIAD||361-645-8213|
|Listed Family Home‡||Pam Garcia||411 San Patricio N Goliad, TX 77963||GOLIAD||361-645-8638|