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Goliad Texas State Park
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Goliad State Park & Historic Site Information:
This 188 acre park is located in a historical area of Texas on the San Antonio River near the town of Goliad. Located within the park is the recently restored replica of the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, which was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The restored mission houses a museum. The General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza Birthplace Historic Site and 300 person capacity amphitheater is located ½ mile from the park. In 1931, the parkland was donated to Texas by the City and County of Goliad. The land was transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949. Through April the park grounds and fields along U.S. 59 are awash with blooming bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, phlox, lantana, and wine cups. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Brochure and watch the Park Video.  From Goliad take U.S. 183/77A 0.25 mile to the park entrance.  GoliadState Park Facilities Map
 
San Antonio River:
The 240 mile San Antonio River originates in Central Texas from a cluster of springs known as the San Antonio Springs Blue Hole. These headwaters are located approximately 4 miles north of downtown San Antonio at the University of the Incarnate Word. Olmos Creek empties into the river just below its head, and other springs continue to join as the river flows through the city. The river flows in a roughly southeastern path through Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, Goliad, Victoria and Refugio Counties before emptying into the Guadalupe River approximately 10 miles upstream from San Antonio Bay (Town of Seadrift) on the Gulf of Mexico. The most famous portion of the river is the San Antonio River Walk San Antonio River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.Fish Stocking History 
 
Mission Nuestra Senora Del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga & Museum at Goliad State Park :
The mission was founded in 1722 near Matagorda Bay. In 1749, the mission was relocated to its present site on the San Antonio River, 0.5 miles south of Goliad in now what is Goliad State Park. The mission operated the first large cattle ranch in present day Texas. Between 1935 and 1939, the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the mission, chapel, granary and school within a walled compound at Goliad State Park. The restored mission houses the Goliad State Park Museum. The museum features displays of items found on site and exhibits of items used during the mission period. Other mission complex amenities include a chapel, a workshop, and a nature trail. Guided tours available; fees apply. Open daily, 8am- 5pm; closed Christmas Day. (361) 645-3405. The mission complex is located just down the road from the main park headquarters building. Goliad State Park Mission Espiritu Santo Map
 
General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza Birthplace Historic Site, ½ Mile from Goliad State Park:
Born at the Presidio La Bahia, General Zaragoza served as a general in Mexico’s Civil War. On May 5, 1862, Zaragoza and his 4,000 men defeated 8,000 men of Napoleon III’s army at Puebla, Mexico. Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is celebrated in honor of his Puebla victory. In 1962, the city of Puebla, Mexico presented a bronze bust of the General to the City of Goliad. The statue of the general is located on the Zaragoza Hillside Plaza and Amphitheater outside the grounds of the Presidio La Bahia Museum, near the reconstructed three-room, stone house located at what is thought to be his birthplace. Memorial masses in honor of the General are held on Cinco de Mayo in a nearby amphitheater. Goliad State Park rents the amphitheater. Open Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm. (361) 645-3405. The Presidio La Bahia is located on U.S. 183 (77A), 1 mile south of the town of Goliad, and ½ mile from Goliad State Park.
 
Mission Nuestra Senora Del Rosario State Historic Site:
The 1754 mission is in a state of ruins with just a few low rock walls remaining. It is marked by a historic marker. The ruins are an archeological historic site controlled by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and are being studied. The ruins can be visited by appointment only, and are located on U.S. 59, 4 miles west of Goliad. To visit, call Goliad State Park at (316) 645-3405. 
 
Goliad State Park Directions:
From Goliad take U.S. 183/77A 0.25 mile to the park entrance.