Coastal Bend history comes alive at Riverside Park in May

Victoria residents are invited to experience local history at the second of four historical locations of Mission Espiritu Santo. Presented by Coastal Bend Living History in partnership with the Museum of the Coastal Bend at Victoria College and the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation, this interactive weekend will highlight the rich and complex history of Spanish colonization in Victoria County.

A “short camp” will be set up on the Tonkawa bank where visitors can observe the daily living and survival skills of Spanish soldiers from Nueva Espana circa 1725. Fire-pit cooking and musket-firing demonstrations along with guided hiking tours will also be given.

For a hands-on encounter with history, participants will have the opportunity to try atlatl throwing and experience a primitive hunting skill practiced by the native inhabitants of the Coastal Bend at the time of the first European contact.

All activities are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Call 361-582-2511 for additional information. Parking for this event is available in the Children’s Park parking lot. Enter Riverside Park via McCright Drive for easy access. 

If you go...


Visit with Spanish soldiers (Coastal Bend Living History)

at their “short camp” at Tonkawa Bank

Friday, noon – 11 p.m.

Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, 6 a.m. – noon


Saturday Events

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., View Spanish colonial artifacts excavated from regional sites at the Museum of the Coastal Bend on campus at Victoria College. Admission is $1 per person.

4:30 p.m., Guided hiking tour of Tonkawa Bank and Grover’s Bend in Riverside Park.

4:30 & 6:30 p.m., Musket-firing demonstration (the hiking tour begins and ends with a “Musket Salute” by Coastal Bend Living History).

5 – 6 p.m., Atlatl-throwing demonstration by the MCB Atlatl-Throwing Club in Grover’s Bend.

8 p.m., Candlelight lantern tour of the Spanish encampment.


posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Friday, 11 May 2012

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