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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

Picture of Building at Mission Dolores
Mission Dolores
701 S. Broadway
San Augustine, TX 75972
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Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais was first established in 1717 along Ayish Bayou, approximately one-quarter league west of the present site.

Mission Dolores is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance and is a designated State Archeological Landmark.

Mission Dolores Visitor Center houses an interactive and interpretive display relating to Mission Nuestra Senora de los Ais, among the earliest missions established in Texas by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus.


Monday: closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Visitor Center is free, but donations are appreciated.

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Mission Dolores Visitor Center Web Site

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