Spanish Flag  LbNA # 349

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateJan 30 2003
LocationWeches, TX
Found By Adams Trails
Last Found Mar 8 2009
Hike Distance?

Replaced/relocated (01/30/03), relocated (07/15/07), replaced log (01/17/09)
*** Part of my Six Flags Over TX Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Status: alive

Texas Under Spain: 1519-1685; 1690-1821

Spain was the first European nation to claim what is now Texas, beginning in 1519 when Cortez was establishing Spanish presence in Mexico, and Alonso Alvarez de Pineda mapped the Texas coastline. A few shipwrecked Spaniards like Alvar Nunez, Cabeza de Vaca, and explorers such as Coronado occasionally probed the vast wilderness, but not until 1682 did Spain plant its first settlement in Texas, Corpus Christi de la Isleta Mission, in present El Paso. After Le Salle established Fort St. Louis in 1685, Alonso De León and Fray Damián Massanet were sent to destroy it and begin conversion of the Hasinai Indians to Christianity. This led to the establishment of San Francisco de los Tejas in 1690, the first Spanish Mission in East Texas. The word Tejas was a Spanish spelling for the Indian word Techas, meaning "friend", and is the origin of Texas' name. Today a commemorative representation of the Mission can be found at Mission Tejas State Park. Also in the park is the restored Rice Family Log Home, built in 1828 and one of the oldest structures in the area. Hiking the nature trails provides access to the natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods while looking for this box.

From Crockett, which is located about 130 miles north of Houston, go northeast on Hwy 21 for 21 miles to Weches. Turn left on Park Road 44 to Mission Tejas State Park.

Stop at the visitor center to pay the entry fee and get a park map. Drive to the Mission San Francisco De Los Tejas and park. Walk to the left side of the mission to the granite marker next to the information sign. Read the marker, then walk left (north) 50 steps to a small stump with 2 logs crossing in front like a Y. The box is behind the stump at the intersection of the cross under pine bark. Please re-cover well.