June 13, 2016, marks the 325th anniversary of the naming of the San Antonio River.
Father Damian de Massanet said mass on that June 13 and held the feast of St. Anthony on the river’s banks.
Spaniards making their way through Tejas in the 17th Century rode through scrubbrush, oaks, and cactus, in search of a place to settle. There was no Dallas, no Houston. But according to Father David Garcia of the San Antonio Missions, the settlers recognized a rock-star river when they saw it.