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San Francisco de los Tejas

Founded 1690
by Three priests under Alonso de Leon
Near Weches

Personal Observations

Mission Art & Photo-Art


San Francisco de los Tejas was established in 1690 but short lived and abandoned in 1693. This was not the end of the story, it was re-established several times in different locations, finally ending settling in San Antonio where it stands today.

The Mission was established to solidify the boundary from French intrusions from the east. Alonso de Leon accompanied by 110 soldiers and three priests traveled to a location a little west of the Neches River along San Pedro Creek, among a Nebedache village. The church was believed to have been built in three days of wood and nothing remains today.

The Nebedache believed baptisms were causing diseases and they resisted the new religion. Hostilities lead to abandonment in 1693.

March 1690: Captain Alonso de Leon and company leave Mondova, Mexico.
May 1690: The company establishes the Mission, the first in Texas.
June 1, 1690: The Mission is dedicated and three priests and three soldiers stay as Alonso de Leon returns to Mexico.
October 1690: Santisimo Nombre de Maria is founded a few miles away. It is the second Texas Mission but short lived.
Winter 1690 to Summer 1691: Epidemic and drought. An expedition reaches the Mission and is warned to take the missionaries away.
Winter 1691-92: The expedition returns to Mexico, taking Mission livestock and leaving a replacement priest and nine soldiers.
Summer 1692: Drought and cattle die.
Spring 1693: Floor destroys Santisimo Nombre de Maria.
Summer 1693: More drought and relief expedition arrive just in time.
Fal 1693: Missionaries warned to leave. The Mission is abandoned October 25, 1693. Buildings are burned, bells and canon are buried.

The actual site is probably a few miles from the State Park that contains a replica.

Address and Directions

Highway 21
near Weches, between Crockett and Nacogdoches.
East Texas.
Park reservations: 512-389-8900

Photography Gallery

Front of recreated church.

Interior of recreated church.

Information Kiosk.

Historic marker.

Exterior front of reproduction wooden church.
Imterior of reproduction wooden church.
Imterior of reproduction wooden church.

Exterior back of church.

This may be a remnant of Camino Real.


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