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Fannin in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Centennial

 
 
The Centennial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 17, 2022
1. The Centennial Marker
Inscription.  
Brings a Pavilion to the Site

In 1935, Texans prepared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Texas Republic. Projects planned included improvements to the Fannin site. The most significant addition was the construction of a rectangular pavilion next to the bandstand. Work began on February 1, 1938, and was completed by summer. The pavilion was soon hosting community dances and other events.

The pavilion was the last major improvement to the park for decades. In the 1950s, the cement fence built around the park, which had begun to crumble, was removed. In 1961, winds from Hurricane Carla blew the top of the granite monument off its base and damaged the bandstand's roof. In 1963, the official name of the park was changed to Fannin Battleground.

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Center: Architect's Vision
This drawing shows architect Raiford L. Stripling's vision for a combined pavilion, bandstand, and water tower on the site. A bandstand, more utilitarian water tower, and windmill were built in 1928, and a modified pavillon was finished 10 years later. Stripling also oversaw the restoration
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of the Presidio la Bahia in nearby Goliad where Texas volunteers captured in the Battle of Coleto Creek were held before their execution.

Upper Right: Commemorative Coin and Stamp
In 1936, Texas celebrated the 100th anniversary of its fight for independence.

Images: US Mint, US Postal Service, Texas Historical Commission
 
Erected by Fannin Battleground State Historic Site.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is February 1, 1938.
 
Location. 28° 41.229′ N, 97° 13.963′ W. Marker is in Fannin, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Park Road 27 and Farm to Market Road 2506. The marker is located on the northeastern section of the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 734 FM 2506, Fannin TX 77960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Battlefield to Picnic Grounds (a few steps from this marker); People Make a Park (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Coleto and Goliad Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Fannin Battleground Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A Site for the People
The Centennial Marker in front of the pavilion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 17, 2022
2. The Centennial Marker in front of the pavilion
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lest We Forget (about 500 feet away); Remember Goliad! (about 600 feet away); Union Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fannin.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of the Fannin Battleground State Historic Site and there is no entrance fee to access the park. It is free.
 
Also see . . .  Texas Centennial.
The Texas Centennial, marking 100 years of Texas independence, was officially celebrated in 1936, although local observances began in 1935 and the Central Centennial Exposition in Dallas and the Frontier Centennial in Fort Worth continued through 1937.  Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on February 20, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The pavilion with the Centennial Marker in front and the bandstand on the right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, February 17, 2022
3. The pavilion with the Centennial Marker in front and the bandstand on the right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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