McGehee Crossing

McGehee Crossing (HM1GGN)

Location: San Marcos, TX 78666
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 52.259', W 97° 53.787'

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The Camino Real, also known as the Old San Antonio Road and the King's Highway, followed a route from Nacogdoches to the Rio Grande. Louis Juchereau de St. Denis (1676-1744) traveled the route to establish trade between the French in Louisiana and the Spanish of Coahuila Province on the Rio Grande in 1714.



The first settlement at the San Marcos River crossing of the road was Villa San Marcos de Neve, established by the Spanish in 1808. It was abandoned by 1812 due to the brewing Mexican revolution.



During their colonization efforts in 1820 and 1821, Moses Austin (1761-1821) and his son, Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836), very likely crossed the San Marcos River near this point.



Thomas Gilmer McGehee (1810-1890) settled on the east side of the river on a Mexican land grant about 1846. In 1859 his nephew, Charles L. McGehee, Jr. (1837-1929), acquired 1200 acres of land bordered by the Camino Real and the river. Ten years later he sold the land to his cousin, George T. McGehee (1836-1926). Due to the McGehee family's association with this historic site, it became known as McGehee Crossing.
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HM NumberHM1GGN
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series
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Marker Number10293
Year Placed1987
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 7:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees29.87098333, -97.89645000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 52.259', W 97° 53.787'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 52' 15.54" N, 97° 53' 47.22" W
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Area Code(s)512
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1799-1899 TX-80, San Marcos TX 78666, US
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