There is a replica of an 18th century Spanish-style mission near Three Rivers. The man who built it said he did it in memory of his parents.
He hopes it will give people a better understanding of our history.
It's a living history lesson, built near Choke Canyon Lake on the family ranch of Kurt House. Nearly everything that you find there has some kind of historical significance attached to it. There are doors and windows from Mexico that are from the 18th and 19th centuries, and even something that reaches back to the days of the Aztecs.
House said the mission also serves as a family retreat and hunting lodge. There are a number of "casitas", or bungalows, for guests to enjoy; but the big question was how he came up with the name for the place?
House said it had to do with the mystery surrounding a nearby hill that is visible from the second floor of his mission.
House made his money buying and selling antique guns and western memorabilia. These days, he's more concerned with explaining our area's rich Spanish traditions and history through his mission, and the museum quality items he has collected to display there.
It's a sign that history is alive and well along the Old Mission Trail.
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