Up early and off to breakfast to get ready for our road trip to Goliad and some more Texas history.
Our first stop was at the Fannin Battlefield Historic Site located just south of Fannin, Texas. It's a mile south of US59 on FM2506, plenty of signs on the road and plenty of room for any size rig to easily get in and out. We missed this site the last time we were in this area and wanted to make sure that we got to it this year. This is the site of the Battle of Coleto Creek, where Col Fannin surrendered his 342 troops after a two day battle with General Urrea's and his Mexican troops.
To read about The battle and Fannin's Massacre check our blog from Jan 2009
We continued down to Goliad State Park to tour the Mission Espiritu Santo, first built at this location in 1749, this was the center of life for this area up until 1830 when many reasons forced it to close. It remained in ruins until 1931 when the Texas State Parks took control of the site, in 1941 the CCC moved in and did the restoration that we see today. It was a great place to spend a nice sunny day.
The restored Mission
Canon found in the River behind the Mission
Fannin Massacre Monument
The original wall, all the names engraved in the back wall of the Monument.