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Goliad, Texas

Goliad is one of Texas' oldest municipalities. The 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 a nearby presidio (fort) for protection. "Remember Goliad" became a Texas Revolution battle cry honoring Colonel James W. Fannin Jr. and his men who were massacred at Goliad. Memorial services at the grave of Colonel Fannin and his troops are held on the weekend nearest March 27th. Goliad celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1999.

Goliad was named a Main Street City in 1984 and has been a National Main Street City since 1999.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Presidio La Bahia

As conquistadors of centuries ago explored new lands for "God, Gold and Glory," the Church played an integral part in colonization and dominion over vast New World empires. Missions were often first permanent Spanish settlement in new areas. To protect mission endeavors, a presidio (fort)

Goliad, TX History

Grave of Col. James W. Fannin Jr. and Men

Monument marks grave of Colonel Fannin and 342 men who had surrendered to Mexican forces during the Texas Revolution, and were massacred at the order of General Santa Anna on Palm Sunday morning, March 27, 1836. Two miles south of Goliad off U.S. 183, a few hundred yards from Presidio La Bahia.

Goliad, TX Monuments

Market House Museum

Quaint structure with cupola on the courthouse square. First public use on Aug. 30, 1853; in 1886, building became a firehouse with meeting hall. Local volunteer fire department used the building until 1964 and restored for use as museum in 1967

Goliad, TX Museums

Fannin Plaza

City park at S. Market and Franklin Sts. Includes Texas Revolution cannon, memorial shaft and several historical markers. Nearby is hanging tree on courthouse lawn, and Market House Museum. Newly built children's park, "Fort Fun,"

Goliad, TX Plazas


Things to do near Goliad, TX

Laredo Center for the Arts

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Club At Cimarron

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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Like both Espada and Concepcion, established 1731. Extensive restoration work has been carried out. Besides charming little c...