La Lomita Chapel

Located near the banks of the Rio Grande, the lands of the La Lomita or “little hill” district was donated in 1861 and used as farms and ranches that supported the local Christian Oblate priests. The site’s original chapel was built in 1865, and it was relocated to its present site in 1899.

The Oblates were a group of priests who began traveling along the Rio Grande in the 1800s to spread their beliefs to the area’s Catholic residents. The “la lomita” or “little hill” area was home to the farms and ranches that supported these priests. It is from this area that the city of Mission derived its name. The La Lomita area has been included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The chapel and park area are about 10 minutes form McAllen.

From the intersection of Spur 115 and FM 1016, go west on FM 1016 to FM 494.

Go south (eventually veering west) on FM 494 to the entrance to Anzalduas Dam and County Park (about 3 miles from the intersection of FM 1016 and FM 494).

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