Thursday, January 21, 2010
This looks very 1930s, doesn't it? Made of the same pink granite as the Texas Capitol, it looks a bit out of place in Goliad. There is a big brown sign on the highway, so I took the left turn down the narrow street, past small houses and the south wall of the Presidio. There is a cemetery just to the left of the monument, which was erected on the spot where General Thomas Rusk buried the charred remains of Fannin and his garrison, several months after the massacre. He was passing through, pursuing the remnants of the Mexican army, as it fled south after San Jacinto.
Somebody piled some rocks on the site twenty years later, and, in the 1880s, a monument was erected in the town square. The current monument was begun in 1936, as part of the Texas Centennial celebration.