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Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba

 
 
Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 4, 2010
1. Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba Marker
Inscription. Founded among the Lipan Apache Indians by Franciscan Missionaries in 1757 through the financial aid of the Count of Regla. - Sacked and left in ruins by the Comanches in 1758. - - Here perished Padres Alonso Giraldo de Terreros and Josť Santiesteban, martyrs to the Christian cause. (Marker Number 15624.)
 
Location. 30° 54.991′ N, 99° 44.097′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker is on Ranch Road 2092 (Farm to Market Road 2092), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paso de la Santa Cruz (approx. 3 miles away); Frisco Depot (approx. 3 miles away); "The Ditch" (approx. 3.1 miles away); Great Western Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Arroyo de Juan Lorenzo (approx. 3.7 miles away); Real Presidio de San Saba (approx. 4 miles away); Pegleg Crossing on the San Saba (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Mission San Saba, Texas Beyond History website. Good overview of recent archaelogical work (1990s) that led to discovery of the Mission's actual location. (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Actual site of Mission San Saba image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, circa December 1999
2. Actual site of Mission San Saba
Marker was re-located to this, the site of Mission San Saba, after archaeological investigations in the 1990s confirmed this as the location.
 

2. Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
3. Archeology and golf seek harmony in Menard, Texas. Golf meets archaeology. Article from GolfTexas.com about the nearby Presidio San Saba. (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

4. Presidio San Saba, Texas Beyond History website. Overview of the Presidio associated with the Mission San Saba. (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Confusion about Mission and Presidio
Two points of confusion worth noting about the Presidio and Mission San Saba if you are planning a trip there. One might reasonably guess that the Presidio and Mission San Saba were located in San Saba, Texas, but they are in fact in Menard, Texas. Also, the Presidio is often mistakingly called the Mission. Even Google Maps as of 2010, mistakingly labels the Presidio San Saba (which is on the golf course in Menard) as Mission San Saba. As the marker describes, the Mission was destroyed in 1758, and its location only recently confirmed in the 1990s.
    — Submitted February 12, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

 
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Panorama of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba marker and its location. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker
3. Panorama of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba marker and its location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 3,247 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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