Hanging Tree

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MaeH4
San Antonio, TX297 contributions
Apr 2020
If this tree could talk...Could you imagine all the things she would tell us about TX history? To be honest though, she's only a tree. Beautiful to have in front of the court house. They do have other tress all around the court house, but this one is the big one.
Written April 27, 2020
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DRip2014
Austin, TX163 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
This sprawling oak tree is located on the northside of the court house square in downtown Goliad. It was here that justice was handed out very quickly Texas style in the form of hanging usually within the hour of the verdict of the court. In 1857, there was still a lot of resentment because of the massacre of Fannin who was slaughtered by the army of Santa Anna and whose remains are still at the Fannin gravesite. Fannin was awaiting aid from those at the Alamo which never came and was trapped here and his men killed at the monument near LaBahia also in Goliad. With this, many were upset when the Mexican workers or Cartmen were supposedly taking jobs deemed needed by the local residents who were working in the freight(carts) handling jobs at lesser rates. With this in mind, a lot of Mexican individuals plus other convicted men were hung under the branches of this tree that still stands today. Many times, the person was tried, convicted and hung under this tree in a very short form of Texas justice usually within an hour.
Written February 9, 2015
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Mike Harmon
Pensacola, FL78 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Located on the lawn of a beautiful Victorian courthouse, this oak tree was used to hang bandits, cattle thieves and other miscreants in the years after the Civil War when so-called “Regulators” were the only law and order in South Texas. Think Clint in Hand ‘Em High” and you get the general idea. The 19th century courthouse is splendid and many of the old buildings on the square have been lovingly restored.
Written March 8, 2019
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Shuttrrbug
Sugar Land, TX546 contributions
Oct 2019
Two must sees on the square in Goliad! The Goliad County Courthouse, one of the best in Texas, and the stunning "Hanging Tree" on the grounds of the courthouse. This tree is huge and just beautiful all by itself. Justice was served quickly back in the day and the limbs of this tree provide a glimpse of history.
Written October 28, 2019
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Barry and Nicol... G
Reading, UK924 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The big grand old tree could tell many tales if it could talk. Justice was swift in the past and not always fair.
Written July 15, 2018
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xgrinderx
League City, TX35 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We drove around the old courthouse and found this historical marker about the Hanging Tree. It's exactly what it sounds like. Nice downtown area with quaint shops and lots of history.
Written May 26, 2015
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worldtravelsavy
Houston, TX197 contributions
Jun 2021
Sturdy oak tree. I would expect it could hold my weight, should I be convicted of a crime. I would see this in conjunction with the town square, the courthouse and after eating "that last meal"
Written August 5, 2021
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Jerry F
Pilot Point, TX304 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just something to see while in town. Great history behind the tree. Good to see it still there with a plaque and description.
Written October 25, 2020
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mr_larry_smith
Austin, TX1,335 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We were there to stay at the Presidio so had to tour the town. This was worth a look. A very old tree that could sure tell some tales.
Written August 4, 2020
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MichealWhelan
Traverse City, MI203 contributions
Feb 2020
One can feel the passion and the fear that centered around this tree. Could use more descriptive signing to make it easier to notice. Part of the courthouse square and a part of the history of Goliad.
Written February 28, 2020
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