I apologize for the long post, but there was just so much to see.
The walk started at the Goliad Courthouse.
We took the Angel of Goliad trail to the State Park. Many sections of this trail is on a boardwalk and it follows along the San Antonio River.
We passed an abandoned Railroad Bridge. That I tried to get a good picture of it but it was hidden in the trees.
Soon we arrived at the State Park Entrance.
We could see Mission Espiritu Santo and headed toward the visitor’s center to pay our entry fee.
We went on over to take a look at the Mission (this was not on the walk route).
We continued out the back and crossed the courtyard to a nature trail.
We crossed a couple of bridges and came to an old kiln (for making adobe brick?) and spotted a small cave.
We returned the Mission and checked out the museum.
We returned to the walk route along the San Antonio River.
We then went to a park road and passed under the highway to continue toward Presidio de La Bahia.
We continued along the highway until we arrived at the statue of General Ignacio Zaragoza. He was born here in 1829. His victory over the invading French army at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, inspired the Mexican people in their long struggle to overthrow the foreign rule of Emperor Maximilian. That victory is the reason the Cinco De Mayo celebrations each year.
We then cut through the outdoor amphitheater headed toward the Presidio .
We followed the trail past the Presidio toward the Angel of Goliad Statue.
We continued past that to the monument at the grave of Col. Fannin and his men.
The walk route returned toward the Presidio passing an old cemetery.
As we walked toward the Presidio, we spotted this strange building.
We passed by the Presidio. We would have gone in, but it required another entry fee. It isn’t part of the State Park.
We followed the Angel of Goliad Trail back into town. I made more attempts to get the railroad bridge.
We passed back by the courthouse.
Then we passed an old fire station that is now a store.
We came to Fannin Plaza with its obelisk and cannon display.
The walk continued up though town before returning to courthouse square where we visited the hanging tree.
Text of the marker: Site for court sessions at various times from 1846 to 1870. Capital sentences called for by the courts were carried out immediately, by means of a rope and a convenient limb. Hangings not called for by regular courts occurred here during the 1857 “cart war”–a series of attacks made by Texas freighters against Mexican drivers along the Indianola – Goliad – San Antonio Road. About 70 men were killed, some of them on this tree, before the war was halted by Texas Rangers. (1964)