Bus Tour of San Antonio Missions

Friday, September 30

The Missions Tour is sold out. If you wish to register for thr Reunion and attend the tour, please contact reunion@poindexterfamily.org for more information.

Get to breakfast early this morning, as we must meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45am.  The bus has a lift for those unable to take stairs.

We have a professional tour guide this morning, Mary Jurewicz, a 16-year member of the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio. She will talk about points of historical interest that are along the way to and from the missions.

Mission San JoseMission ConcepciónWe will tour two of these Spanish missions this morning: Mission San Jose and Mission Concepción.

Mission San Jose was the largest of the missions in the area and a model among Texas missions because it was a social and cultural center of the time. The stone church of Mission Concepción was dedicated in 1755 and today appears very much as it did then. 

Spanish missions were actually communities, with the church the focus of daily life.  To learn more about these missions, go to the National Park System web site at: www.nps.gov/saan.  Our mission tour will conclude at lunchtime.  The bus can drop you off at one of two restaurants or return you to the hotel.

The two selected restaurants for our tour group are the historic Guenther House restaurant and the Buckhorn Saloon and Cafe. Each restaurant can accommodate up to twenty people on a first come-first serve basis. If you get off the bus at the Guenther House or the Buckhorn Saloon, you will be responsible for making your way back to the hotel or continuing your own afternoon sightseeing adventures.  The tour bus will not be available after lunch. Details

If you choose to eat at one of these restaurants, your meal is not an included cost of the bus tour.  It is Dutch treat, meaning you will order from the menu and pay your own check.  Of course, you are welcome to venture out on your own and see what other amazing culinary delights San Antonio has to offer.

More information about the Gunther House and Buckhorn Saloon is available in the ‘Let’s Eat’ section of this Newsletter and on the reunion web site at reunion.poindexterfamily.org

Additional Information About the Missions

After 10,000 years, the native people of South Texas found their cultures, their very lives under attack. In the early 1700s Apache raided from the north, deadly diseases traveled from Mexico, the French in Louisiana, and a lingering drought. Survival lay in the missions. By entering a mission, they foreswore their traditional life to become Spanish citizens, accepting a new religion and pledging fealty to a distant and unseen king. Spanish missions were not churches, but communities, with the church the focus of daily life.

We will tour two of these Spanish missions this morning. Use the links to learn more about these missions from their web sites by the National Park System.

Information above from the National Park Service.