Another authority on the Spanish colonial era in Texas, the late Curtis Tunnell visited the San Sabá Mission excavations in 1994. Tunnell conducted excavations at the site of Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz, located about 90 miles south of San Sabá on the Nueces River near present-day Camp Wood, Texas. Following the failure of the San Sabá Mission, the Spanish priests and soldiers learned that the Apache Indians would be more likely to live in a mission in the more familiar Nueces River country. Nonetheless, Mission San Lorenzo also ended as a failure, albeit not in as spectacular a fashion.
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