Old San Antonio-Laredo Road

Old San Antonio-Laredo Road (HM27RJ)

Location: Tilden, TX 78072 McMullen County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 28.352', W 98° 37.534'

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Shortly after the founding of Laredo, in 1755, the Spanish established a transportation-communication route across this site. The road provided necessary abundance of water and grass for travel across this arid region, and served as a vital link between San Antonio and Laredo for well over a century.

Although under constant surveillance by hostile Indian tribes, this route was traversed by numerous notable people. Fray Gaspar Jose De Solis passed this site on Aug. 21, 1768, on return from an inspection of Spanish Texas missions. Stephen F. Austin, en route to Mexico City to seek a colonization grant, crossed here about March 18, 1822. On Feb. 26, 1828, Manuel de Mier y Teran passed on his way to survey Anglo-American strength in Mexican Texas. The Somervell expedition, in punitive retaliation for a Mexican invasion of Texas, crossed here on Dec. 1, 1842, bound for Laredo.

Before and after the Civil War the road was used as a military supply route from San Antonio to forts Ewell (1852-54), at Nueces River crossing, and McIntosh, at Laredo, and as a trade outlet for early settlers.

Although abandoned after ranches were fenced and a railroad from San Antonio to Laredo was built in 1881, the road is still visible on the open range.
HM NumberHM27RJ
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas Historical
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 536653 N 3149606
Decimal Degrees28.47253333, -98.62556667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 28.352', W 98° 37.534'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 28' 21.12" N, 98° 37' 32.04" W
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Area Code(s)361, 830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1900 TX-72, Tilden TX 78072, US
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