I'm sure you are expecting pictures of the Alamo - and they are coming! But what you might not know is that there is tons of history packed into San Antonio, plenty to keep you busy for a spring break in your future, including four other missions that together are considered a National Historic Park.
|San Antonio Riverwalk
It was during this fight for independence that the Battle of the Alamo took place on March 6, 1836. Texas joined the United States a decade later in order to have the resources of the larger country in the fight against Mexico. As time passed, the Alamo was used as a warehouse and shop and parts of it were demolished altogether. It wasn't until the early 1900s that efforts were made to preserve the mission and its history.
Today, you can visit the Alamo for free, but pictures are not permitted inside the church or barracks, and visitors are asked to treat the site with reverence. Large portions of the 1836 Alamo have been lost, but what remains has been carefully restored and effectively tells the story of those who died there.
|Mission San Jose
Mission Espada is the oldest San Antonio mission, which set high value on teaching not just Christianity, but also skilled work such as farming, weaving, blacksmithing, carpentry, and masonry. Demonstrations of a mission era loom can be seen at Espada if you visit at the right time.
|Mission San Juan Capistrano
All photos property of Samantha Wilcoxson