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In downtown Victoria, there are lots of options for food and drink. You can take a scone from Bella’s Bakery to snack on at DeLeon Plaza or stop by Huvar’s Artisan Market for a lunchtime sandwich.

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REFUGIO — The roof was long gone from the 1938 gas station. The walls had caved in, and there was a foot of murky water on the floor. Many of the trinkets and knickknacks inside didn’t survive.

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Ellianna “Ellie” Morales hurled a white dodge ball across the court while she jumped to dodge a ball that flew at her.

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When walking into this Victoria museum, art enthusiasts can always expect to see and learn something new about their community. And, evidently, the world around them.

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CORPUS CHRISTI — El Jefe munches on some lettuce as a group of visitors walks up to his home in the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The huge tortoise doesn’t seem to mind the small crowd.

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By day, O.C. Garza is spokesman for the city of Victoria, helping to inform the public about how the city works and what government officials are doing.

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PORT O’CONNOR — Umbrellas spread over the hot sand at King Fisher Beach with beach dwellers retreating from the sun underneath among them were Kay Henderson and her two friends.

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As one of the oldest cities and counties in Texas, Victoria has its fair share of historic buildings and homes. Even as Victoria has developed into a 21st century city, preservationists and other local leaders have worked to maintain some of the most important and beautiful homes and buildings.

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GOLIAD — From her apartment balcony overlooking the downtown square, Suzi Warzecha, 70, admits she can’t help but brag to visitors about Goliad and all its charm.