#23 Coastal Plains of Texas

2006 June 8-11

On the way to Goliad, Texas, my hometown. Roads in this part of the country tend to sometimes get straight for a long ways. We have now entered my old stomping grounds. This is the country I grew up in. But back in those days, I was riding a "hay-eating" horse across these plains, not the iron horse I ride these days.
Highway 119 between Stockdale and Yorktown.
After stopping off overnight at my brother's house in Goliad, I ride further south.
Next stop...Rockport, Texas. Can't go far before those long, straight roads start running over water.

Up north they have rivers this wide, but in Texas for a bridge to be this long, it's probably called a causeway and runs over saltwater.
I made it to Copano Bay to visit with an old friend.
Rockport HarborFulton BeachFulton HarborFulton Harbor Bait ShopGoose Island State Park...on the way to the "Big Tree."The Big Tree of Goose Island...over 1000 years old. Goliad County Courthouse Three weeks after the Alamo fell, Texas Army Col. J.W. Fannin and his men were massacred by the Mexican Army in March of 1836. The bodies were piled and left partially burned. The remains were gathered and buried here in a mass grave in June of 1836 by Texas Army General Thomas Rusk and his men. Hence the battle cry, when the the Texas Army captured Mexican General Santa Anna and his men at San Jacinto near current day Houston, ending the fight for Texas:
"Remember the Alamo, Remember Goliad!"
Fannin Monument Presidio La Bahia, Goliad, Texas
Displayed are the six flags that have flown over Texas plus three additional flags that have flown over Presidio LaBahia. http://www.presidiolabahia.org/under_nine_flags.htm One flag is Dimmitt's Goliad Flag. This is the current day flag of Goliad. LaBahia ChapelJoe & Betty - "Cowboy" Joe took a liking to Fleeter. Just before he swung into the saddle, he was even lying on the ground checking Fleeter's underside.

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