The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 50
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50 Texas Historical Association Quarterly
The stream at whose side it stood corresponds to Ayish Bayou,
while springs are abundant about the city. In 1767, the soil
around the mission was described as reddish and indicating a
mineral composition, and the statement is made that gold had
been found near by.1 In the La Fora diary for 1767, the location
of the mission is described as on a hill with a stream running at its
base toward the west.2 The Telegraph and Texas Register for Sep-
tember, 1837, states that "gold has been found near the Old Mission
south of the City [of San Augustine]." Conclusive evidence,
taken with the preceding, is furnished by a letter from Reverend
G. L. Crockett, Rector of Christ's Church, San Augustine. He
says that the site of the old mission lies half a mile south of the
town on the old King's Highway, which strikes its southeast cor-
ner, as originally laid out, but now runs right through the town,
and that the mission was located on a little conical rise at the edge
of the bottom of Ayish Bayou. Its site is marked by a flat sur-
face on the top of the little hill, in a somewhat quadrangular
shape, which was evidently the location of the house. He sup-
poses that the house was of logs, but it has entirely disappeared
and no trace of it is left in the memory of any one in the town.
He adds that outside this quadrangular space, graves have been
opened, and that while trying to dig a well on the top of the hill,
a grave was opened and a quantity of beads and other relics were
(g) The Refounding of the Mission San Miguel de los Adaes.
-On the 24th, Aguayo left Dolores for San Miguel. The route
lay for the six days of his travel east-northeast, through brushy
lands of walnuts, pines, and oaks, over glens and plains, and across
'Solis, Diario, entry for June 1, 1767.
2La Fora, Diario, entry for June 1, 1767.
'The letter adds that the ground on which the mission stood was leased
to a lumber planer company for five years, and that they have established
their office on the mission hill, while the planer is on the level below; and
further, that there is a vague tradition that the missionaries were attacked
by the Indians and threw their treasure into the Ayish Bayou. Futile
attempts have been made to discover it. I wish here to acknowledge my
deep appreciation of the above information so kindly given by the Rev.
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