Walking Tour: Take a walk through Refugio

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

Antique Station in Refugio.

Antique Station in Refugio.

REFUGIO - History is everywhere you look in Refugio County. Refugio, which is Spanish for "refuge," is where the Nuestra Senora del Refugio Mission was moved to in 1795.

The mission operated for about 40 years with people living on ranches around the mission. And in 1836, the battle of Refugio was fought during the Texas Revolution.

Most of the residents fled to present day Victoria and Goliad. The town was almost destroyed.

Today, the county has grown to be home to more than 7,200 people.

Amons B. King Statue

Kings Park, 807 Osage St.

The statue sat in the park for more than 70 years and in 2011 finally received a proper dedication. The statue is a monument to Amon B. King and his men, who were captured and then executed by Gen. Jose Urrea during the Goliad Campaign in 1836. The park has seating and has a view of the Refugio County Courthouse.

Lions/Shelly Park

902 Power St.

This park has had several renovations over the years, including the addition of an RV park and fishing pier. The park hugs the Mission River and has several nature trails, a covered pavilion, playground, a ball field and a multipurpose field. The park has become a popular site for birding and is on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

Anderson AG Supply

701 S. Alamo St.

It may just seem like a hunting and sporting store - which, well, it is - but it is more than that. The store is more than 25 years old and has taxidermy animals hanging throughout the entire store.

Refugio County Museum

102 W. West St.

The town prides itself on being the birthplace of baseball lengend Nolan Ryan, but the town and county is so much more than that. The museum is free and has historic items from all across the county, including an old bell tower from the original mission from the early 1800s. The museum also has several exhibits it puts on display throughout the year. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Antique Station

411 S. Alamo St.

Going through U.S. Highway 77 into Refugio, it is easy to notice metal creations of birds, armadillos and other wildlife on the side of the road. That's the Antique Station, which has most of its merchandise outside, enticing passersby to take a peek inside for some hidden treasures.

Tejas BBQ Restaurant

201 S. Alamo St.

It's easy to see this restaurant, which was an old gas station converted into a barbecue spot for locals. It's only been open a year, but its lunch crowd has really picked up, one manager said. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.



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