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map of Goliad County
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Physical Features: Coastal Plain county; rolling, brushy; bisected by San Antonio River; Coleto Creek Reservoir; sandy, loam, alluvial soils.

Economy: Government/services, oil/gas, agriculture, electricity-generating plant, tourism.

locator map for Goliad County

History: Karankawas, Comanches, other tribes in area in historic period. La Bahía presidio/mission established in 1749. County created in 1836 from Spanish municipality; organized in 1837; name is anagram of (H)idalgo. Birthplace of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza, hero of Battle of Puebla.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 58.1; Black, 5.0; Hispanic, 35.8; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 78; deaths, 87; marriages, 34; divorces, 4.

Recreation: Goliad State Park and Mission Espiritu Santo, restored Presidio La Bahía, Mission Rosario State Historic Site, Fannin Battleground State Historic Site; Old Market House museum; lake, fishing, hunting (deer, quail, dove, hogs), camping, canoeing, birding.

Minerals: Production of oil, gas.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, stocker operations and fed cattle are top revenue producers; corn, grain sorghum, cotton, hay; minor irrigation for pasture. Market value $17.7 million. Hunting leases.

GOLIAD (2,058) county seat; one of state’s oldest towns; power plant; tourism; library; Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, statue; Goliad Massacre re-enactment in March, Diez y Seis celebration in September.

Other towns include: Berclair (253), Fannin (359), and Weesatche (411).

Mission Espirito Santo in Goliad is a replica of the original built in 1749

Mission Espírito Santo in Goliad is a replica of the original built in 1749. Photo by Robert Plocheck.