A Mission to Grow

National Parks Magazine / March 2017 /

I’m well within the city limits of San Antonio, a few minutes’ drive from the throngs of tourists at the iconic Alamo and Riverwalk. But in every direction, fields — dry and brown as they hunker down for the mild Texas winter — stretch until they hit neat, stately rows of trees. Just a few feet from the gravel path I’m walking on, a great blue heron suddenly takes off, rustling the brush it was hiding in before it soars overhead. Next to me, water bubbles down an acequia — a small man-made canal.

“There are few places in the world today that look just like they did in the 18th century, and this is one of them,” Susan Snow, archaeologist for the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, said about the site…Read more at National Parks Magazine.