El Camino Real

El Camino Real (HM2DXB)

Location: Bryan, TX 77807 Brazos County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 45.345', W 96° 27.064'

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Also known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Spanish Trail

A trail of adventure, hardships, opportunity and freedom, over which history stalked into Texas. To the Spanish, El Camino Real was a road traveled for the king - to colonize, Christianize, seek adventure or look for riches. This road became the most famous.

Its many parts were made, discovered or known hundreds of years before 1691, when Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Texas governor, joined and marked the different trails for the king. It was the route from Monclova (crossing the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass) to the missions of east Texas. Probably its trailblazers were buffalos and Indians, or Aztecs on trading expeditions. It was also probably traveled, described and changed in part by French explorer La Salle; by Alonso de Leon and Father Damian Massanet planting missions in east Texas; and by the French nobleman St. Denis seeking trade along the Rio Grande.

As the years wore on, it was traveled in 1820 by Moses Austin, as well as by thousands of settlers who followed him. San Augustine, Nacogdoches and San Antonio were its principal cities; inns sprang up along the way. Soldiers and supply trains used it during the Texas Revolution, Mexican War and Civil War. It is still followed in part by this highway.

Incise in base: Early Travel, Communication and Transportation Series

by Moody Foundation, 1968
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series
Year Placed1968
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 743993 N 3405309
Decimal Degrees30.75575000, -96.45106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 45.345', W 96° 27.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 45' 20.7" N, 96° 27' 3.84" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-OSR, Bryan TX 77807, US
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