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Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá

Real Presidio de San Saba

Near Menard, Texas
Menard County, Texas

Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba Centennial Marker
Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba Centennial Marker
Located abourt three miles east of Menard on FM 2092

Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010

Indians Attack Mission San Sabá - March 16, 1758

Just a year after being established on the banks of the San Saba River in 1757, Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabá was attacked by a force of 2,000 Comanche Indians and their allies. The mission of the Mission had been to convert resident Lipan Apaches to Christianity. Initially, six men were killed here, including two Franciscan Priests.

The commander of the mission’s protecting fort, the Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas, attempted to mount a campaign against the Indian force, but was defeated. The incident curtailed further Spanish expansion in Texas.
Painting - Destruction of Mission San Saba
A painting of the raid on the Mission now hangs in the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico City. The full title being: “The Destruction of Mission San Sabá in the Province of Texas and the Martyrdom of the Fathers Alonso Giraldo de Terreros, Joseph Santiesteban”
Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba
Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Real Presidio de San Saba
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Real Presidio de San Saba ruins in Menard
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
1936 Centennial Marker Text
Real Presidio de San Saba
Originally established on the San Gabriel River
as the Presidio of San Francisco Xavier
in 1751
Moved to the present site in 1757 as a protection
to the Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba
Known as the Presidio de San Luis de Las Amarillas
1757-1761.
After March 1761 the name was
Real Presidio de San Saba
the stone building was completed in 1761.

Erected by the State of Texas
1936
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba  Centennial Marker
Real Presidio de San Saba
1936 Texas Centennial Marker

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
More Texas Centennial
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins centennial marker
"In the background, behind the metal shed, is where the recently discovered Mission ruins are located"
- Barclay Gibson, February 2010 photo
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Menard, Texas Real Presidio de San Saba ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Historical marker on the highway at the entrance to the Country Club
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Historical Marker

Arroyo de Juan Lorenzo

Name used by Spaniards of Presidio de San Saba [in existence from 1757 to 1770] for this stream now called Celery Creek.

Stone to build Presidio was quarried from bluffs along the creek, and deep banks let hostile Indians approach undiscovered to attack The Presidio half a mile to the south west.

(1964)
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