City of Goliad, Goliad County, Texas

City of Goliad, Goliad County, Texas

Historic District in the City of Goliad, the seat of Goliad County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Goliad, the county seat of Goliad County, originated as one of the oldest Spanish colonial municipalities in the state. The town is on the Southern Pacific Railroad, the San Antonio River, U.S. highways 59 and 183, and State Highway 239. It was established in October 1749, when colonizer José de Escandón recommended moving Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga Mission and its royal protector, Nuestra Señora de Loreto de La Bahía del Espíritu Santo Presidio (Presidio La Bahía), from the Guadalupe River to a site named Santa Dorotea, on the San Antonio River. A new presidio, La Bahía, was built on a hill near the river, where sand, limestone, and timber were abundant. Around the presidio walls grew the settlement of La Bahía, and on the opposite bank stood Mission Espíritu Santo.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Belongs to

Goliad is part of or belongs to the following places.

Adopt a Town

The Texas Almanac's Land Rush program lets you adopt the town or county of your choice and share your message with the world. 100% of the proceeds benefit education in Texas.

Great Texas Land Rush logo
Adoption Status: ⭐
This place has been adopted and will not be available until August 5, 2023
Adopted by:
Samantha McMillan
Dedication Message:
Oz Zev McMcMillan

Currently Exists


Place type

Goliad is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (La Bahia 1)


  • Latitude

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Proud to call TX home?

Put your name on the town or county of your choice.

Search Places »

Goliad by the Numbers

This is some placeholder text that we should either remove or replace with a brief summary about this particular metric. For example, "We update population counts once per year..."

Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
2,058 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,908 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,975 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,946 1990 Texas Demographic Center
1,990 1980 Texas Demographic Center
1,709 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,750 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,580 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,446 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,424 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,500 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,261 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,212 1860 Texas Demographic Center
648 1850 Texas Demographic Center