Ox-Cart Road

Ox-Cart Road (HM2FTR)

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N 28° 57.048', W 97° 49.236'

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(Section of Chihuahua Road)

After centuries of use by buffalo and Indians, this trail from San Antonio to the Texas coast gained importance when opened to colonial travel by the Alarcon Expedition in 1718.

Spanish conquistadores and priests, the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition (which invaded Spanish Texas in 1812), Stephen F. Austin, Alamo heroes, Santa Anna's messenger ordering the death of prisoners at Goliad, Polish and German settlers of Texas - all traveled the road.

Rich trade in gold, silver, and leather with Mexico and the West was conducted along the road from San Antonio to Powderhorn. The U.S. 2nd Cavalry Forts, established to protect the Texas frontier, moved men and supplies over it. Materials were transported in two-wheeled ox-carts, prairie schooners, Wells-Fargo wagons drawn by sixteen mules, and by pack animals.

In 1852 Helena was founded on road as a midway point between San Antonio and Goliad; Lewis S. Owings operated a daily stage line here, 1854. Major incidents of the bizarre Cart War of 1857 between Texan and Mexican teamsters occurred near Helena.

Herds of longhorns from South Texas crossed the road here enroute to market. After the railroad came through county in 1886, the Ox-Cart Road was abandoned.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
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HM NumberHM2FTR
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Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 11:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 614932 N 3203107
Decimal Degrees28.95080000, -97.82060000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 57.048', W 97° 49.236'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 57' 2.8800000000001" N, 97° 49' 14.16" W
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