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Milam County, Texas - Historical Markers


Mission Nuestra Sen. de la Candelaria

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Photograph from thesis, History of Education in Milam County by Mary Belle Batte - ca. 1936

Marker TitleSite of Mission Nuestra Sen. de la Candelaria
LocationCR428 North crest of San Gabriel valley
Citynear Rockdale
Year Marker Erectedca. 1936
Text on MarkerEstablished by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 with the hope of civilizing and christianizing the Coco, Mayeye, Orcoquiza, Karankawa, and other tribes of Indians. The martyrdom of Padre Jose Ganzabal and the circumstances connected therewith caused the departure of the Indians and the friars and the removal of this mission to the San Marcos River in 1755. Reestablished in 1762 on the Sabinal River for the conversion of the Lipan Apaches with the same name of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria. Centennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1936
SourceTexas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Sites Atlas Database - Apr 2004


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