Phase one of the current restoration was started in 2011 with a grant from the Texas Historical Commission. There are more phases to come as soon as there are funds available. Menard County is the owner of the Presidio de San Saba and maintains the grounds. The Foundation is a non-profit volunteer organization (501(c)3) that assists with funding for special projects and upkeep of the Presidio.
In 1937, the WPA rebuilt a portion of the Presidio de San Saba, but due to poor workmanship, it soon fell into ruins. This is a photograph of the people who came to the first dedication in May, 1937. Photo by N. H. Rose.
1981 Photograph by John Cobb of the Presidio de San Saba in ruins
Participants in the 2012 Rededication of the Presidio de San Saba. Photo by John Cobb
Spanish Troops Reenactors at the rededication of the Presidio in 2012. Photo by John Cobb
Visitors to the site can have a self guided tour of the Presidio with several explanatory signs. Photo by John Cobb.
The Presidio's walls were used to hold cattle on the Great Western Trail drives in the 1870's-1880's because of water available from the San Saba River. It was a good resting spot between San Antonio and points north. Today, we find several trail rides using the Presidio as a good place to go through and visit. You never know what you might run into. Photo by John Cobb.
The Presidio is used by Living Historians and Reenactors. When something is coming up, we will post it on this website and our Facebook page. Picture of Joe Gonzalez of San Antonio. Photo by John Cobb
Easter Sunrise Services are held at the Presidio de San Saba. Photo by John Cobb.
Photography is encouraged at the Presidio de San Saba. Bring your camera and watch for sunrises and sunsets for your best color. Photo by John Cobb.
Night photography is encouraged, but keep in mind there is no electrical outlets close to the Presidio. You will need to bring your own self contained lighting. Photo by John Cobb
The Presidio de San Saba is used for weddings, family reunions, historical presentation, Boy Scout campouts, summer camps, fishing at the river and a daily dose of visitors. Make your plans to come out and visit!