Ranger Exes Memorial - Historic Texas Flag of Spain Old Spanish Missions in Texas

In the 18th century, Spain established in Texas the greatest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. Missions were established in East Texas, along the San Antonio River, and El Paso. Many of the missions today have been restored and are still active parishes. The most famous mission is the Alamo. All photos taken by the Webmaster. EAST TEXAS (near San Augustine) Mission Delores in East Texas Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows Mission) One of the earliest Spanish missions in Texas was built in 1717 and is long gone now. A museum is on the site (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). EAST TEXAS (near Weches) Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in East Texas Mission San Francisco de los Tejas - first Spanish mission in East Texas, built in 1690 and moved to San Antonio in 1731. The mission is long gone but the Civilian Conservation Corps built the above log chapel in the 1930s. EL PASO Some Spanish missions in El Paso are older than the better-known missions of California. Mission Ysleta was built in 1851 and still serves the people of Ysleta. Mission Corpus Christi De La Isleta dates from 1681 (Texas' oldest mission). Misssion Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Mission Socorro (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion del Socorro) was established in 1682 and still used as a church. Mission San Elizario started in 1777. GOLIAD Mission Espiritu Santo near Goliad Mission Espiritu Santo Spanish explorers built this mission in Goliad near the San Antonio River in 1749. Nearby is the fort Presidio La Bahia (below). These historical jewels now sits in the 2,208-acre Goliad State Historical Park. Presidio La Bahia SAN ANTONIO The Alamo in San Antonio Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) This mission was established in 1718. The Battle of the Alamo was fought here in March of 1836. Texas shrine since the war for Texas independence. Most popular attraction in San Antonio. Mission Concepcion in San Antonio Mission Concepción This mission was moved to it's present location in 1731. Inside are the original paintings of religious symbols and architectural designs. It is an active parish of the Catholic church today Mission San Jose in San Antonio Mission San José The largest, most impressive and best preserved of the five missions of San Antonio. It was founded in 1720 and is an active parish of the Catholic church today. Mission San Juan in San Antonio Mission San Juan This mission moved from East Texas in 1731. It is active parish of the Catholic church today. Mission San Espada in San Antonio Mission Espada Another mission relocated to San Antonio in 1731 from East Texas. It is an active parish of the Catholic church today.