San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History Page: 13
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" Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
Blest be the man that spares these stones.'
A protest must be recorded here against the wanton mutilation of the sculp-
ture of the Missions by thoughtless relic hunters. The shameful chipping of the
beautiful carving has been going on for years. At San Jose whole figures have been
stolen and others made headless; the fine old carved cedar paneled doors of this
Mission were entirely wrecked and carried away piecemeal. Can any good use
warrant such senseless robbery ? Good friend, forbear ! forbear even to add your
name to the thousands scratched, scribbled and penciled on walls not meant for
such a purpose.
How to Get to the Missions.
How can I get to see the Missions ? is the anxious inquiry of almost every
traveling sightseer that comes to San Antonio.
The idea that if one is seen all are seen is erroneous.
Each Mission has its distinctive features, and all are well worth a visit.
Time, of course, is of great consideration to most people, and they would rather
see one than none, which is reasonable enough, but if the time can possibly be
spared none of the four Missions should be missed. There is nothing of the kind
of equal interest on this continent. It is an experience of a lifetime, especially
so to him who is engaged in the rush and torrent of business life. Let him then
sacrifice a little to this object and he may be sure that, far from regretting the
time, it will be a memory to be long cherished. It is a simple matter to get to
the Missions, except after a heavy rain, and then the muddy roads, as everywhere
else in the world, are a little unpleasant. The way for a stranger to go, to
thoroughly enjoy the time, is to hire a buggy, or, if a small party is made up, a
larger conveyance. Northern visitors are often seen making themselves very un-
comfortable by going out to the Missions on horseback thinking that it is the
thing to do in Texas. If you are a good rider, all right, but don't make yourself
miserable by putting yourself for the first time in a Texas saddle to see the
Missions. or you are very sure not to appreciate what there is to see. The
ride should be made a separate number on the program. Granted,-that
you have made up your mind to hire a buggy and to see all the Missions.
Start in the morning after breakfast taking a light lunch with you. You take
Garden street going south, and noting as you leave town the wide old Concepcion
Ditch on the left hand side of the road. You still follow the same street crossing
the Southern Pacific Railroad track and bearing slightly to the right ; cross the
S. A. & A. P. Railroad track, still following the same road, until you see the
Towers of the Mission Concepcion standing conspicuously up on the left hand
side of the road, just two and one quarter miles from the centre of the city.
Having seen all that there is to be seen here, y ou make your way along the
same road towards the Riverside Park, then down to the River, crossing a newv
county bridge there at the old ford.
Here’s what’s next.
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Corner, William. San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History, book, 1890; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143549/m1/31/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.