30 miles from the Gulf Of Mexico, Victoria Texas is known as “The Crossroads” because of it’s strategic location between Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. With a population of over 80,000 Victoria is in the Texas High Country in the area called the “The Golden Crescent”. Its position between the ocean and the grassy prairies was a strong draw for Native American tribes such as the Jaraname, Toncahua, Carancahua, Lipan, and Comanche. From the 17th through 19th centuries Victoria was occupied by the French then the Spaniards. Eventually it became Mexican property after the Mexican revolution and was a key part of Mexico’s attempt to colonize Texas. The city was named after General Guadalupe Victoria, the first post revolutionary president of Mexico. Following Texas’ independence from Mexico the city began to flourish and eventually the city of Victoria was officially founded as the county seat of Victoria County.
The Victoria economy was largely agrarian through the 19th century. Crops such as rice, corn and wheat were grown in great quantities. Cattle ranching was another major part of the economy. Early on the main non-agricultural business was brick making. Everything changed in the 1930′s with the discovery of oil. During the depression growth slowed, but quickly resumed during the Second World War due to demand for oil and the placement of several military bases nearby.
Today Victoria is a vibrant modern community that maintains its connection with it’s past. Victoria has several museums and many restored historic buildings. One of the most popular is the Museum Of The Coastal Bend which features exhibits on regional history. The 1892 Victoria Courthouse is considered one the best examples of Texas Gothic architecture. There are plenty of outdoor activities as well including fishing, kayaking and horseback riding. Another popular attraction is The Texas Zoo a 5 1/2 acre facility focusing on Texas wildlife.
Victoria continues to grow. if your future is in this historic city call your friends at All My Sons Moving & Storage and we’ll help you get to “The Crossroads Of The Golden Crescent”.
Images courtesy of JD Hancock and Ken Lund