Mission Espada, San Antonio

The doorway of Mission Espada in San Antonio. Photo by Arthur W. Stewart.

Traces of Texas shared this photo of Mission San Francisco de la Espada in San Antonio, 1936. Also called Mission Espada, this was the first mission in Texas. It was originally founded in 1690 near present-day Weches, Texas. The mission was later transferred in 1731 to the San Antonio River area.

“Such a moody, evocative image. Among the San Antonio missions, this one speaks to me the most, though I’ve never understood why. This image was taken by Arthur W. Stewart for the Historica American Buildings survey.”

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