Fannin, on U.S. Highway 59 ten miles from Goliad in eastern Goliad County, is named for James W. Fannin, Jr., the controversial commander of Fort Defiance (La Bahía) at Goliad in the Texas Revolution. The settlement, on Perdido Creek near the site of Fannin's defeat in 1836 in the battle of Coleto, was established sometime before 1852. The first post office, which operated from 1852 to 1856, was called Fanning's Defeat, "Fanning" being the common corruption of the commander's name. The town's name had been changed to Perdido, Spanish for "lost," by the time the second post office was established in 1873. Benson Goff, whose general store provided the community's focus, was postmaster. A combination steam gin and gristmill was built as cotton became important, and a school, a church, and daily stages to Victoria and Goliad served the fifty residents listed in 1884.
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