Bill Simons has lived in San Antonio his whole adult life and was part owner of Bike World bicycle shop for over 40 years. His interest in the missions dates back to the late 1970's when he designed and distributed the first trail map/historical description specifically for cyclist.
Upon retirement he became a Professional Tour Guide and started a company, Cycling San Antonio, which provides guided, historically based bicycle tours to the missions. A chance meeting with one of the Franciscans, Brother Jerome, several years back lead to an intense interest in the little mission known as Espada. That interest lead to the research for this site
One of the most influential sources has been "Of Various Magnificence" by James Ivy, who was an archaeologist working for National Park Service when he wrote it. It is easily the most comprehensive collection about the architecture and archaeology of all five missions. The UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability, working with the author, recently edited the book for the National Park Service and hopefully will make it available to the public.
Ed Day, long time NPS volunteer at Espada has contributed greatly with his knowledge of drafting, historical perspective, and just general common sense.
Early Edition Trail Map