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“Lots of history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Presidio La Bahia

Presidio La Bahia
Goliad, TX
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Goliad
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Spanish fort built in 1749 and the site of a famous massacre.
Austin, Texas
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“Lots of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Presidio La Bahia Chapel, fort, Fannin’s Memorial and birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza are about 2 miles south of Goliad, TX and less than a half mile south of Goliad State Park. They are all certainly worth a visit. There was no guided tour. Admission to Presidio La Bahia Chapel and fort is $4 for adults. The town of Goliad and Goliad State Park are very nice as well.

Visited April 2014
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“It's nice that history has been preserved!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We enjoyed our quick visit to the presidio, especially visiting with the gal at the desk. It's nice that this little piece of Texas history has been preserved. If you go, be sure the watch the video right from the start so that you get your history lesson.

Visited February 2014
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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“Helps you understand Texas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

As a transplanted northerner, we were taught -- maybe its that I just learned - practically nothing about Texas History. Visiting the The Alemo is a good start, but understanding what happened at the Presido La Bahia is probably equally important.

The Presido has been rebuilt by the Cahtolic Church who runs the Presidio, the small munseum and the small quaint chapell that is attached. Church Services continue to be held Sunday evenings in the chapell.

Local high schools have frequent feild trips here for good reason, and If you have 1/2 day driving near Corpus Christi or San Antonio you should come here too.

When you are done, don't forget to go to the small building accross the street. It is the birthplace of the Mexican General whose fight with the French is the "Cinco de Mayo" we all celibrate. Great little museum and Mexican history lesson. -- It is free and is technically part of the nearby State Park.

Visited January 2014
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Moore, Oklahoma
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“Overlooked Historical Treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Positives: much to see in a small area; well-preserved and documented history
Negatives: out-of-the-way community; closes at 4:45 p.m.

Although my wife and I attended public school in Oklahoma, we learned about Goliad and the importance this area played in Texas' battle for independence. I'd actually passed the site once, during a high school trip. In fact, I recall seeing it from a distance as the bus rolled north on Highway 183..

In many ways, this presidio reminds us of Mission San Jose', a part of the National Park System in San Antonio. Both are similar in shape and size. Both are reconstructions of original settlements. Both surround chapels that are home to active parishes. Each features excellent historical displays.

From my perspective, this location is more significant because of the Palm Sunday massacre and other activities related to the struggle for Texas independence.

Curators have done an excellent job of recording events and presenting artifacts in an interesting manner. Taking it all in requires several hours. Unfortunately, we visited on a travel day, so our schedule was very tight. We'd already toured nearby Goliad State Park; only about an hour remained to see what we could before closing time.

To make the most of our experience, my wife stayed inside the museum to look at exhibits and watch a documentary while I went to the courtyard and chapel to take as many photos as possible.

Although they close at 4:45, a museum employee encouraged my wife to go across and look inside the chapel. She even stayed late for us. My wife agreed she'd have missed something special had she not looked inside.

If you plan travel through this area and are interested in American history, this is a must-see location.

The presidio is just one of many landmarks here. A memorial to James Fannin and other Texans massacred here is a block east of the fort. The birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza (a notable Mexican military commander) is across the street to the west. Goliad State Park, featuring Mission Espiritu Santo Historic Site, is about a quarter-mile north, on the opposite bank of the San Antonio River.

We'd like to return in the near future and stay overnight at an area hotel. Between historic sites along the river and scenic downtown Goliad, there's a lot to visit within a compact space.

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Peace in a place of tragedy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Can not add much to the review by Brooklet425 below but as a non Texan history buff this was a real find. Have been to the Alamo and knew its story but really did not know of the significance of this Presidio to Texas and US history. Armed struggles can bring out the best and worst in people. Nowadays we just learn about it almost instantaneously. The church of the presidio has been in use since the 1700's. It is quiet, simple in its beauty and feels very peaceful in this place of great tragedy.

Visited October 2013
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