Large gates at mission entrance helped protect those inside
An 18th century master craftsman with a high level of expertise in woodworking made this pair of mesquite gates.
Large gates at missions and presidio entrances helped protect those inside from intruders, but the lack of wear on these suggest they were closed infrequently. Oral family history recounts how this gate came from Mission Valero, the Alamo. Research to date has not yet confirmed the gate’s origins.
Courtesy Texas Archeological Research Lab, The University of Texas at Austin
Time Period: 1690 - 1820
This artifact is currently on view.