Santa Teresa de Jesús Catholic Church

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photo Mike Gross, February 2018

photo Mike Gross, August 2021

undated historic photo of Santa Teresa de Jesús

Courtesy of Archives of the Big Bend/Sul Ross State University

Santa Teresa de Jesús Catholic Church
Presidio, Texas

Santa Teresa has its roots in missions founded by the Spanish in 1683 at the confluence of the Rio Conchos and the Rio Grande (known as the Rio Bravo del Norte in Mexico). The location was known as La Junta de los Rios del Norte y Conchos at the time. The missions were abandoned and reestablished several times until a permanent presidio was established in 1759. Anglo-Texan families began to move into the area north of the river after the end of the Mexican War in 1848, and their ranches and the nearby Fort Leaton evolved into the city of Presidio. The church of Santa Teresa de Jesús was founded in 1870, the present church was built around 1912, and Santa Teresa became a parish in 1916. The church was restored in 2009, and continues to serve as an active parish church.

Location: 1101 O'Reilly St, Presidio, Texas
coordinates: 29.560711900,-104.380890800

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