Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
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Milam County, Texas
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2017-04-28

Jason Terry
jason.terry@leanderisd.org
Leander, TX

Hi!
MMy name is Jason Terry.  I teach Texas History in Leander.  I always discuss the San Xavier Mission built on the San Gabriel River with my students, and am interested in any information you might have.

It is my understanding that the mission was located on what is now private land. Do you know if the owners grant access to the site for photographs?

I appreciate any help!  Please email me at the address above.

Thanks,
Jason Terry

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2017-04-28

Standard reply sent to Jason Terry.  Email forwarded to MCHC members and others interested in Milam County history.

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2017-04-28

Lynn Young
lynnfyoung@gmail.com


Jason, I live across the river from the San Xavier.  My husband knows the owner and I'll ask him to inquire if you could visit.  I would love to join you and see it as well.

When are you thinking of coming to Milam County?

Lynn Young

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2017-04-29

Hello, Mr. Terry,

What age group are your students? The reason that I ask is that we have numerous books at our disposal for different age groups. Mary Belle Batte's 'Spanish Missions of Milam County', 1746-1756 is written toward Junior High school students. Dr. Kathleen Gilmores 'The San Xavier Missions' is High School and adult reading. It goes in depth regarding the archeological digs while determining the Mission locations.

I would be honored to provide you with a copy of each of these books for your school's library and your students' education.

If you'll forward your mailing address, I get them off to you at my earliest convenience.

Recent information regarding these same books;  http://www.milamcountyhistoricalcommission.org/info_sought_133.php

Respectfully,

Jack Brooks

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2017-05-01

John Pruett
johnpruett2@gmail.com

Hi Jason,

The Mission sites are located adjacent to the San Gabriel River along FM 908. They are well marked with stone markers placed near the assumed sites of the three missions, San Francisco Xavier, San Ildefonso, and Nuestra Candelaria.

In addition, the route and site markers are present on FM 908 (approximately 8 mi, wnw of Rockdale) marking these mission sites on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail.

Nearby, is Apache Pass, a campground and restaurant complex with additional markers regarding the National Trail and Mission Sites.

Dr. Kathleen Kirk Gilmore, archaeologist, published her report on the excavation of the San Francisco Xavier site in "The San Xavier Missions: A Study in Historical Site Identification", in 1969, Texas Historical Commission, Office of State Archeologist Reports, No. 16.

The mission sites are on private property.

The San Francisco Xavier site is on the Frank Felton farm, also known as Kolb's Hill. The site is not open to the public, but for educational purposes you might contact the family for access. Mr. Felton's grandson Trey has a meat market and BBQ restaurant on Highway 79 in Thorndale, a short distance from the sites.

I hope this information helps with your class preparation.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me regarding the Mission Complex and other historical resources associated with the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail in Milam County.


Kindest Regards,
John Pruett

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2017-05-01

John Brooks
bjohnr2010@hotmail.com

2017-05-01

Mr. Terry,

I'll pick the books up from the Milam County Historical Museum that's located in Cameron, tomorrow morning. The USPS office is just around the corner from the museum. Would you be kind enough to let me know when you receive them? Thanks

Best regards,

Jack Brooks


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2017-05-01

Thanks so much for your response!  I teach 7th grade in Leander, and would really appreciate a copy of the books for both mine and my student's use.  I have read whatever I can find about the missions, but it hasn't been much.  My work mailing address is:

Jason Terry
2303 N. Lakeline BLVD
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Thanks,
Jason Terry
Texas History Department Head

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2017-05-01

I sure will.  Thanks!

Thanks,
Jason Terry

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