Remember the Alamo. Ok, remember San Saba? Everyone knows the story of the Alamo and the struggle and sacrifice many Texans made in order to create what we know today as the Great State of Texas. The tragic loss of life became the lore of heroes. But very few know about the Mission of San Saba and its tragic demise.
As we begin design on a ranch house in the Hill Country of Texas, we are reminded of the history of that dramatic landscape- not the common knowledge history, but that formative history that helped to forge the state’s bold character. The home, located on top of a hill rest in the heart of what was once known as Comancheria, the land of the Comanche.
Three hundred years ago, Texas was a territory of Spain that was separated from the then young United States by the Louisiana Purchase and from Mexico by the Chihuahuan Desert. It stretched from the Rio Bravo (now, the Rio Grande) to Wyoming. However, the “habitable” zone of this territory was very small; that portion of Texas that felt much like the rest of eastern America, the forested and arable lands that stretched from Dallas diagonally south to San Antonio. West of that land was an unfamiliar and alien world- Comancheria; then populated by vast herds of buffalo and hostile Indians. No one but the brave or fool-hearted ever ventured there.243