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Reviews of Texas Historical Sites

Blog posts listed here cover our visits to Historical Sites in Texas.

The Bullock Museum
When you are in Austin, be sure to set several hours aside to visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Opened in 2001, this museum houses an impressive collection of Texas artifacts: from the reproduction skeleton of a French explorer who found himself stranded in the Gulf of Mexico to the original 2,000 pound iron Goddess of Liberty who topped the Capitol Building until 1985 when she was replaced by a replica. Here you see everything from Stephen F Austin's gun to Babe Zaharias' golf putter. If you are a Texan or interested in Texas history, put this on your list of Must Sees!...  [Read the full post]
Presidio La Bahia
Just a short hike or bike ride away from Goliad State Park and Historic Site, along a marked trail, you will find another Texas historical gem: Presidio La Bahia, a Spanish fort established here in 1749 with Mission Espiritu Santo (which is at Goliad State Park) to prevent the encroachment of the Native Americans and French (and later the English and Americans). Today, it is the oldest fort standing West of the Mississippi River...  [Read the full post]
General Ignacio Zaragoza Birthplace
General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza was born in a house just outside the walls of Presidio La Bahia in 1829 (the same year that his community changed its name from La Bahia to Goliad). His father was a soldier at the presidio, and it was very common for children to spend their entire lives in the military community. Boys became soldiers and girls married soldiers. Ignacio Zaragoza was no exception to this rule...  [Read the full post]
Goliad State Park and Historic Site
Home to 18th century Mission Espiritu Santo, Goliad State Park and Historic Site is a must visit for anyone interested in Texas history. This CCC park features a replica Spanish mission, museum, hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and so much more just outside of historic Goliad, Texas...  [Read the full post]
Texas State Railroad
The early 1900s steam engine blows its whistle twice, the train bell clangs, and you pass by the water tower as you depart the station. As you hear the clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks and feel the motion of the railcar, you are experiencing a little piece of life as it was a century ago. This is no movie, and this is certainly no miniature train. You are riding in an authentic, restored 1920s railcar along the Texas State Railroad!...  [Read the full post]
San Antonio Missions NHP
One of the things that we love about our home state is its history. Texas is rich in history. And as we tour around the state, we're learning that a big part of Texas History can be found in the Spanish Missions. Our previous visits to the Alamo, Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, and Mission Tejas in Weches were very interesting. So while we were in San Antonio, we took the time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. We're so glad we did!...  [Read the full post]