San Antonio-El Paso Road

San Antonio-El Paso Road (HM15LA)

Location: Fort Davis, TX 79734 Jeff Davis County
Buy Texas State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 30° 35.639', W 103° 53.543'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
Westward expeditions opened trails from San Antonio to El Paso in the late 1840s. Two routes, called the upper and lower roads, converged at the Pecos River to traverse the Davis Mountains.

Henry Skillman (1814-1864) began a courier service along the road in 1850 and was awarded a U.S. Government contract to carry the mail. He formed a partnership with George H. Giddings (1823-1902) in 1854, and they established relay stations along the route, including one at the new U.S. Army Post at Fort Davis.

During the Civil War, control of the area passed to the Confederates, and Giddings continued mail service for the new government.

By 1867 Fort Davis was occupied by four companies of the 9th U.S. Cavalry. After Federal reoccupation, stage and courier routes were more frequently utilized, with travelers often accompanied by Army escorts from Fort Davis and other posts.

After the arrival of railroads in West Texas in the 1880s, use of overland roads declined sharply, though the trails did provide access to new settlers and were still used by the army as links between forts. Vestiges of the Old San Antonio-El Paso Overland Road can still be seen in Fort Davis and surrounding areas.
(Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986)
HM NumberHM15LA
Marker Number10486
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:32am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 606188 N 3385128
Decimal Degrees30.59398333, -103.89238333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 35.639', W 103° 53.543'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 35' 38.34" N, 103° 53' 32.58" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1308 Fort St, Fort Davis TX 79734, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?