The reason behind our day trip to Victoria and areas nearby was to find and walk the battleground which was a pivotal part of the Texas Revolution. I have read and am reading novels on the subject, and I told Bud one day we should go up north and see the area first hand. Of course the landscaping has changed considerably from the early 1800s, but all in all, a person can still get a live picture conjured up after seeing the area in real time. Two particular areas I've recently read about are many mentions of James Walker Fannin's surrender near Coleto Creek. and the massacre of his 300 plus troops near Goliad, Texas.1 I wanted to see for myself. This area we visited on March 2nd [Texas Independence Day], was a near-ghost-town of Fannin, Texas. Coleto Creek area also has some history connected. Fannin Texas, at the time open prairie, was on the Coleto Creek [today it's been dammed and there is now a Coleto Creek Reservoir and Campground]. A battle took place here on March 19th and March 20th, instigating a surrender of Colonel Fannin and his men. They were marched to Goliad Texas by Santa Ana's army and executed. After walking the battleground in 2017 it was an 'awakening' experience. Some exhibits and a monument stand in memory of surrender and of the massacre...
Pictograph [Colonel Fannin, injured in Blue]
Mexican Soldier & Monument
One of a Few Copper exhibits showing battle weapons, etc.
The Battleground seen from Exhibit House
An Historical Synopsis in Exhibit House
One of the Few who survived the Goliad Massacre
Texians Armed at Coleto Creek Battle
["Texians" is not a typo...-...definition HERE]
Etched at the San Jacinto Monument in Houston
The Texas Flag of Today!
1 [besides the Alamo in San Antonio, Washington on the Brazos [part I, II and III] where the declaration of Independence was drafted, signed, and ratified, to the last, winning battle for Texas's Independence - San Jacinto Battle near Houston which we visited years ago before becoming Texas citizens ourselves]
DAY TRIP - part one
DAY TRIP - part two