San Antonio Missions

Discussion created by razorbackfan on Dec 30, 2013
Latest reply on Jan 3, 2014 by madmax

We spent a very nice day visiting "the chain of missions established along the San Antonio River in the 1700's" as described in the pamphlet distributed by the National Park Service.  On previous trips, we had visited the ones closest to downtown, so we decided to venture further away on this trip.  The mission Rancho de las Cabras is located about 23 miles from downtown and requires reservations so we were unable to visit this one.  We started at  Mission San Juan Capistrano which was moved to its present location on the San Antonio River in 1731.  When we arrived, we were the only visitors so it was very serene.

This tree was incredibly beautiful when backlit.

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The composition of the materials in the photo below was interesting.  I was very surprised when I

went around the corner and discovered that it was the public bathroom.

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Christmas music was playing when we visited Espada pictured below.  According to the brochure distributed by

the National Park Service. "some say the broken arch over the Mission Espada doorway is a builder's mistake, but

many find beauty in how it inverts the line you expect".

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The Espada Aqueduct, 2-centuries-old, was interesting to view.  These aqueducts along the San Antonio River ensured

the crops had sufficient water.

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The visitor center is located on the grounds of the San Jose Mission.  We viewed a short film in the theatre about the

people who lived in the missions.  The mission is lovely.

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Our final stop on the Mission Trail was Concepcion.


The first mission on the San Antonio River, Mission San Antonio de Valero, is commonly known as the Alamo.  It was founded in 1718 and has been cared for by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas since 1905.  I hope to add pictures that my husband took of the Alamo soon.