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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Menard in Menard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Restoration and Reconstruction

 
 
Restoration and Reconstruction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. Restoration and Reconstruction Marker
Inscription. Today little of the original presidio remains standing; mostly lower wall sections and footings. The sides of the entrance gate and other large hand carved stones are also believed to be original elements. In 1937 the Texas Centennial Commission began a reconstruction of the presidio. Only part of the presidio was rebuilt, and unfortunately, most of the 1937 construction collapsed within a few years. The stones remaining in the area from that collapse were used to reconstruct the ruins of the historic perimeter walls and rebuilt portions of the 1937 work.

Comparing the original plan with the older reconstruction reveals some discrepancies, such as the notched or crenulated tower on the northwest bastion, which is not how the tower bastion was built in 1767. The 1937 reconstruction work mainly focused on the northwest corner, and did not necessarily strive for accuracy. The 2011 reconstruction is based on scholarly research and on-site archeological analysis, and for the first time visitors can get a sense of the actual size and layout of the entire presidio.

This photograph shows some of the participants in the May 8, 1937 dedication ceremony, which included a pageant portraying the destruction of Mission San Sabá. Contemporary efforts, supported by the Texas Historical Commission, will ensure that this piece of
Marker in Center of Plaza of Real Presidio de San Saba image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. Marker in Center of Plaza of Real Presidio de San Saba
Texas history is preserved, and its story accurately told.


(Upper Left Graphic Caption)
Two comparative presidio plans illustrated the size and position of the original 1757 presidio with the reconstruction presidio of 1937. The reconstruction is shown in heavy black lines. Image courtesy of Ivey, 1981

(Lower Left Image Caption)
The presidio shown after the 1937 partial reconstruction. Image courtesy of the National Park Service

(Right Image Caption)
Photo by N.H. Rose. Image courtesy of the Presidio San Sabá Corporation
 
Location. 30° 55.345′ N, 99° 48.099′ W. Marker is near Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 190 1.1 miles from Frisco Avenue (U.S. 83). Touch for map. Marker is located at the Presidio de San Saba Historic Site within the presidio walls; the above directions are to the driveway entrance to the historic site. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Real Presidio de San Saba (here, next to this marker); VIP Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio de San Sabá (within shouting distance of
Presidio Plaza Northeast of Interpretive Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
3. Presidio Plaza Northeast of Interpretive Sign
this marker); Bastions of Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Arroyo de Juan Lorenzo (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Ditch" (approx. one mile away); Presidio de San Luis de las Amarillas (approx. one mile away); The Lafora Map / An Apache Encampment (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Menard.
 
Also see . . .
1. San Luis de Las Amarillas Presidio. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 4, 2018.) 

2. Presidio de San Saba Historic Site. Official website. Includes before and after restoration videos. (Submitted on April 4, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Interpretive Sign for Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
4. Interpretive Sign for Plaza
This interpretive sign is located near the Restoration and Reconstruction marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 4, 2018.   2. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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