Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Judge James Arthur White and the Civilian Conservation Corps at Goliad State Park
Despite the bleak financial prospects of the Depression era, Judge White secured funding and labor from the Federal Civil Works Administration in 1933. When funds were expended by 1934, White applied to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. Preliminary study of the site began in March 1935. Forty cottages, each to house six men, were constructed in May. The first CCC enrollees to arrive were veterans of the Spanish American War, the Boxer Rebellion in China and World war I. They had their own newspaper, The Goliad Veteran, and their evening schedules included an extensive educational program. Historians and architects traveled the U.S. and Mexico researching Spanish colonial mission architecture. Supervised by National Park Service architects and local craftsmen, the CCC workers ultimately reconstructed a school-workshop, church and granary at Mission Espiritu Santo and also erected maintenance and shop buildings, a latrine, custodian's
Judge White served on the Texas Centennial Commission, and through his influence Goliad received $100,000 in state and federal funds for Memorial Auditorium (1937) and a burial monument for Col. J. W. Fannin and his men (1939). The CCC camp was closed by June 1941 due to the threat of World War II.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11898.)
Location. 28° 39.489′ N, 97° 23.125′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is at the intersection of South Jefferson Street (U.S. 183) and Auditorium Drive, on the right when traveling south on South Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goliad TX 77963, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zúñiga (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission Nuestra Senora Del Espiritu Santo De Zuniga (about 700 feet away); Don Rafael Antonio Manchola (approx. 0.6 miles away); Regulators of Goliad County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Goliad Tornado of 1902 (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Hanging Tree (approx. 0.7 miles away); Santa Anna's Surrender Ratified (approx. 0.7 miles away); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
Also see . . . Goliad State Park & Historic Site. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (Submitted on August 19, 2018.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.