La Lomita Mission Chapel

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Photo Mike Gross, December 2019

Photo Mike Gross, December 2019

La Lomita Mission Chapel and Historical Park
Mission, TX

La Lomita Chapel is a historic Catholic chapel in Mission, Texas. The site was first named La Lomita by a Spanish rancher who received the land in a 1770 grant. French merchant René Guyard purchased the land in 1851 and built the chapel in 1865. The chapel was rebuilt in 1899 following a flood. It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1964, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

In October 2018, the United States Border Patrol filed a federal lawsuit to seize the land surrounding the chapel and begin surveying for a border fence. The pastor, Roy Snipes, and his bishop, Daniel E. Flores, oppose the project, and the Brownsville diocese has tried to stop to it in court. A 2019 appropriations bill specifically protected La Lomita and several other sites near the border in the Rio Grande Valley from border wall construction.

La Lomita is now part of a city park maintained by the City of McAllen, Texas.

Photo: Mike Gross December 2019

In Mission, TX
3 miles south of Expressway 83 on FM 1016
coordinates: 26.157843200,-98.330540800

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