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Mission Tejas State Park

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Mission Tejas State Park, in east Texas, is home to several historic structures, including the first Spanish Mission in Tejas (Texas). Mission San Francisco de los Tejas was established in 1690 and abandoned after about three years. The original site of the Mission is not known and may not be within park boundaries, but the park does contain a replica of the Mission church that was built by the CCC in 1934. Road Trip when this place was visited.
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Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park was built in 1934 and 1935 by Co. 888 of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a commemorative representation of the Mission. The park was acquired from the Texas Forest Service in 1957 by Legislative Act and open to the public.

The park sits beside the Old San Antonio Road, a major connection between Spanish East Texas and Mexico from 1690 to 1820 and later brought Americans into Texas.
Within the park is the restored Rice Family Log Home which was originally built near here (16 miles southwest near Crockett). Joseph Redmund Rice, Sr. constructed the cabin between 1828 and 1838 and it is one of the oldest structures in the area. The home served as a stopover for travelers along the Old San Antonio Road across Texas. The house was moved to this location and restored in 1974.

On Highway 21.
120 State Park Rd. 44
Grapeland, TX 75844
936/687-2394
near Weches, Texas, in Houston County.
(postal address) Grapeland, Texas


Joseph R. Rice Log Cabin Rice Family Log Home, Joseph and Willie Rice came to Texas from Tennessee in 1828. They built the cabin in 1838. The Rices grew corn and cotton and raised livestock. They raised 11 children, six believed to have been born in the house. Marker Inscription. Joseph Redmond Rice (1805-1866) cut timber, then his young wife, Willie Masters Rice (1809-1881), snaked the logs to a homesite 16 miles southwest of here. The cabin they built was a noted way-station on the San Antonio Road. They brought up nine children, enlarging their cabin several times, after a grandson built a frame house in 1919, the old cabin became a farm storage shed. The Texas Centennial Commission in 1936 marked its history, and in 1973 it given to the State of Texas and moved here for restoration and exhibition. Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission.
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