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Mission San Francisco de la Espada was originaly a Roman Catholic Mission established by Spain before Mexico declaired independance from them. It was built in 1731 for the reason to convert the local Indians to Christianity. It was originaly located at Weches, Texas near the present day town of Alto. There it was established in 1690 by 3 priest and 3 soldiers. But due to many troubles in the area, an outbreak of Smallpox that killed over 3300 people, and severe droubts, all of which were blamed on the Spaniards by the local Native Americans, the mission ended up being moved to its current location.

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Comments (13)

gasgasLex on September 3, 2012

Interesting info & a neat photo.. this stuff is fascinating...

Henry Scoggin on September 3, 2012

The original location of Weeches, Texas is less than an hour from where I live. So the move they made was quiet a distance. About 300 miles in all. We actualy use to have our family reunions at the original location which is a state park now. I have a pic' of the replica built on the sight. It was a wooden structure instead of stone like the one at San Antonio. Wood from tall strong yellow pine is more prevalent than stone in East Texas.

jockswa on September 5, 2012

Good image and fascinating history. Lk this..

densil on September 9, 2012

Interesting building. This style of building looks a bit like a face. Greetings, densil

Henry Scoggin on September 9, 2012

I was thinking that too. :-)

Mel Figueroa on October 3, 2012

me gusta > L 4 <

Saludos, Mel

vinc107 on October 21, 2012

Seems catalan church in Spain

Very interesting

Nice shot


Henry Scoggin on October 22, 2012

Hey **Mel, Thanks!

Henry Scoggin on October 22, 2012

Thanks for the visit and the YsL!

Have a great week Vinc!

densil on October 23, 2012

Hello again Henry,

this photo would be very welcome in the 'Faces in Buildings' group.

Friendly greetings, densil

Henry Scoggin on October 23, 2012

Thanks densil!

Greetings, henry

Ehsan1980 on January 14, 2013

Beautiful view! Like

Henry Scoggin on January 22, 2015

Thanks Ehsan, sorry I missed your comment till now.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 3, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Henry Scoggin
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX P510
    • Taken on 2011/08/29 12:57:02
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 4.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash