Coastal Bend is located on the campus of Victoria College at the corner of Ben Jordan an
d Red River in iThe La Salle Odyssey exhibit tells the story about first European settlement in Texas as well as the French Fort St. Louis, and the archeological excavation of the French ship La Belle in Matagorda Bay.
The Museum of the Coastal Bend's Fort St. Louis exhibition explores the first French settlement in Victoria County and the first European settlement in Texas. From French explorer, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle’s early expeditions in what is now Canada to life at Fort St. Louis and the archeological research on these subjects, the story is told through descriptive panels, photographs, and original artifacts found at the site.
Included is the exhibit of seven of the eight cannons brought to Texas by French explorer La Salle.
There are also artifacts recovered from La Salle’s ship La Belle which sank in nearby Matagorda Bay, including munitions and personal items from the explorers like a small glass fica, possibly worn as a charm to ward off evil spirits.
There were a couple of interesting sites outside too.
Our next stop was at River Park but first we drove through an historical neighborhood near the park that contained a wide variety of architectural styles of homes. We stopped at a lovely pond area in the park.
After seeing this sign, you kind of wonder what you are getting in to but we pressed on.
We were closely monitored by this pair so we didn't dare try anything funny here.
A father and his two sons were enjoying a fishing expedition nearby so we decided it was safe.
The sounds around the pond were just as good as the views.
There was a whole contingent of cypress knees.
I think Gloria was checking for turtles or other signs of water inhabitants.
I caught this turtle sunning himself nearby.
It was warm in the sun but quite comfortable in the shade of the pergola.
Across the pond we found stepping stones in front of the small waterfall.
Even Tarzan would have found these vines strong enough to swing from.
We drove on around through the park and stopped once we saw the beautiful Rose Garden. All the bushes are in memory of someone. It was pretty but it smelled even better.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon with a friend.