A 1759 visit by Rev. Fr. Mariano Francisco de los Dolores y Biana records that wool and cotton are worked on three looms. Cattle: 600 head. Sheep: 2200. Goats: 50. Donkeys: 229. Burros: 7 female and one male.
258 years later. The grounds are peaceful, trees and green grass, tourists and parishioners. No roaming livestock or visiting Coahuiltecans. Mission Espada withstands time, neglect and harsh conditions to survive as a testimony to a quarter-millennia of Texas history and cultural and determination.