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During the 1835 Siege of Béxar Ben Milam led the Texan troops against the Mexican forces in San Antonio. Painting: Henry McArdle; Courtesy: Texas General Land Office, Alamo Collection.

The refugees didn’t return until Texas independence was achieved through the Battle of San Jacinto in April of 1836.

Those who did so were likely pleased with their hard-won independence—but disheartened by the destruction that had taken place during their absence. The presidio and commandancia (known today as the Spanish Governor’s Palace) were in poor shape.

The cherished church of San Fernando, which had suffered a fire in 1828, had been further damaged during the revolution. It was in ruins, as were homes and stores. San Pedro Creek was still flowing, though. As was the determination, spirit, and political will of those who decided to rebuild their lives and the place they called home. Once again, a new chapter in the creek’s story began.

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