SAN ANTONIO -- Tourists and residents of this city will soon be
able to visit five historic missions on foot or by bicycle, thanks
to a project that will build a trail connecting the tourist
The $17.7 million Mission Trails project will connect Mission
San Antonio de Valero (better known as the Alamo), Mission
Concepcion, Mission San Jose and Mission San Francisco de la Espada
along a 10-mile trail beginning at Mission San Francisco.
The project consists of five phases -- the first phase was
launched in June 1998 -- and includes a network of connecting
trails with signs directing the way. A "wet" route will follow the
San Antonio River, while an alternate "dry" route will provide
another path to the missions. The entire project is scheduled for
completion sometime in 2000.
The missions represent the greatest concentration of Spanish
colonial missions in North America. Except for the Alamo, all are
active parish churches and are in the San Antonio Missions National