Road trip to Victoria, TX, 26 miles from Port Lavaca. Most have probably heard the slogan “6 Flags over Texas”…some may even know that as a name for a theme park. But, there were actually 6 different country flags that flew over this region.
Spain (1519–1685; 1690–1821),
the Republic of Texas (1836–1845),
the Confederate States of America (1861–1865),
and the United States (1845–1861; 1865–present).
Victoria claims to be the only established city that had all 6 flags fly over it!
It is quite a thriving metropolis of 62,592 people (2010 census). Their courthouse is voted to be one of 10 favorite historic courthouses in Texas.
Victoria even has a bandstand, very similar to the one we have in our park square in Paola.
I am impressed with what the Chamber of Commerce has done to promote tourism. After looking online and seeing a downloadable driving tour, we visited the Information Center and picked up a hard copy driving map of the 84 historic sites the town highlights. Some of the sites allow tours, some of them are privately owned and occupied. The brochure gave a brief history of each. The town has also installed signs at corners directing you to the next location on the map. I commend the town on what they have done! http://www.visitvictoriatexas.com/mobileDrivingGuide/history.php
This was a cool and rainy day, so we didn’t get out to visit anything except the Museum of the Coastal Bend. www.museumofthecoastalbend.org
Unfortunately, it is in the middle of opening a new exhibit, so there was not much to see. They did have some pretty impressive cannons on display that had been excavated near the town at some point in the past.
Victoria is a great town that could be worth exploring again, when the weather is a bit more conducive to walking around!