Mission San Francisco de la Espada
The remains of the Mission San Francisco de la Espada, which was established in 1690 as the San Francisco de los Tejas Mission. It received its current name in 1731.
Backstory and Context
Eventually, Espada suffered a fate that many other missions did as well: epidemics, fire, and raids. During the war with Mexico the site got its second life as James Bowie, William Travis, and the Texas army utilized the ruins as a fort. Then, in 1858 a French priest named Father Bouchu made the old mission his home and it is him who we have to thank for the preservation of the mission's history as he created records of what he found even down to the artwork.
The church is being restored and preserved continuously and still operates as a house of worship today.
"Mission Espada." Old Spanish Missions. Accessed August 7, 2015. http://oldspanishmissions.org/mission-espada.
Photo: "Mission Espada Chapel2" by Liveon001 © Travis K.Witt - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mission_Espada_Chapel2.JPG#/media/File:Mission_Espada_Chapel...