Trail project to connect San Antonio's missions

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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 attractions.

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 Historic Park.

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