Being a native Texan I was always under the impression that I knew my state pretty well. So it was such a surprise to me when I found out that there was a National Historical Park in San Antonio I have never been to. Do you know of the San Antonio Missions Historical Park?
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas, USA. These outposts were established by Catholic religious orders to spread Christianity among the local natives. These missions formed part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
In geographic order from north (upstream of the San Antonio River) to south (downstream) the missions are located as follows: Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park, is due east of Mission San Juan, across the river.
The fifth (and best known) mission in San Antonio, the Alamo, is not part of the Park. It is located upstream from Mission Concepción, in downtown San Antonio, and is owned by the State of Texas. The Alamo was operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas until July 2015, when custodianship was turned over to the Texas General Land Office.
On July 5, 2015, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, along with the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
That is the beauty of travel. You always learn something new and great when you are on the road. Want more details about the Missions National Park? More info is down below:
2202 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210
This number will reach the Park’s Visitor Center, open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and New Year’s Day. To reach Park Headquarters, dial (210) 534-8833. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and closed on all federal holidays.