This mission is the reconstruction of the original 1749 church, workshops, and housing buildings which were allowed to deteriorate after the mission was closed due to the loss of their cattle based economy. The mission is on the grounds of the Goliad State Park.
Downtown Goliad has a beautiful City Hall building. The historical marker out front tells about the "hanging tree" in the yard where instant justice was carried out. Trial in the morning, hanging immediately after.
("The Fort of the Bay")
Our Lady of Loreto Chapel was erected for the sole use of the soldiers in the fort. This chapel has been in continuous use since the 1700s. It is one of the only buildings in existence that has its original "groin vaulted ceiling" in place. The remaining parts of the Presidio were restored in 1960
That night we had great steaks cooked over the open fire. The fire pits had built in grills that could be raised or lowered.