Making the trip from Colorado to Texas for the research phase of my documentary filled my heart with excitement and returning to my hometown of Victoria, TX was long overdue. Since moving to Colorado over a decade ago, I have not spent more than an afternoon in Victoria. In addition to working on the Ballet Folklorico documentary, I took advantage of my visit and spent some time downtown.
Downtown Victoria will always have a special place in my heart. Growing up mere blocks from downtown, a lot of my formidable years were spent there, running errands with my grandmother to the Post Office, trips to Bianchi’s for a milk shake, or walking “all the way” to the library to check out a new adventure! However, if I’m being honest, DeLeon Plaza is my favorite spot downtown. It has been a fixture in the story of my life, from running barefoot through the grass with my Mom as a child to meeting up with high school friends on the weekends and everything in between.
Soldiers of the Confederate States of America monument erected in 1912.
My favorite! The O’Connor-Proctor Building constructed in 1895.
Best flags EVER flying in front of Victoria’s “skyscraper”.
The majestic 1892 Victoria County Courthouse.
It was nice to just walk around the plaza and see it with new eyes. In every direction, I saw buildings and structures just as I remember them and I felt a certain sense of “home”. I guess it’s true what they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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