Commentary

What happened after the missions were moved?

This is the 12th part in a series on Milam County's 18th Century Missions.

The Presidio drawing exists, the locations of the three missions exists, and the San Xavier Missions are recognized by the National Parks Service in the National Register.

The site of the San Xav ier Missions has been recognized as one of the significant sites on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail voted into Legislation in 2004.

Texas Historical Commission archeologists continue to work with Dr. Kathleen Gilmore in trying to determine whether the presidio was actually constructed near the mission sites.

Her work, begun in 1969 at Mission San Xavier, resulted in these missions being recognized in the National Register.

Some interesting facts in the mission area are that the "Apache Pass" crossing is significant to the El Camino Real Trail.

This river crossing is recorded in the early Spanish diaries and historians and authors have written articles and included the historic crossing in their published books.

Herbert Bolton, Dr. Carlos Castanda, Hodding Carter and other historians/authors address the importance of the Missions and the Apache Pass site.

The presidio drawing exists, the locations of the three missions exits, and the San Xavier Missions are recognized by the National Parks Service in the National Register.

The Site of the San Xavier Missions has been recognized as one of the significant sites on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail voted into Legislation in 2004.

Texas Historical Commission archeologists continue to work with Dr. Kathleen Gilmore in trying to determine whether the presidio was actually constructed near the mission sites.

There is speculation that each of the missions might have contained a gold cross. To date, none of the artifacts found at the three mission sites have contained a gold cross!

Research: Doomed Road of Empire, Hodding Carter, 1963; San Xavier Missions, Dr. Kathleen Gilmore 1969

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