El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
October 21, 2010
We have a great day planned at the site of "Apache Pass" and an opportunity for everyone
to Experience the Trail.
Get your registration in....and come comfortable, after the business meeting we will
adjourn to the great outdoors in the park facility. More information will be
forthcoming. The Registration form has phone numbers and email addresses of Steven
Gonzales, Lucile Estell and Joy Graham. You may contact any of the above for additional
We encourage you to send this to people you may know who are interested in learning more
about this trail and those interested in Texas History.
Hope to see you on October 21, 2010.
"Bit of History"
Milam County, Texas
In observance of Archaeology Month, there will be a
Presentation presented by Jeff Williams
held at the Milam County Courthouse - District Courtroom
on October 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM.
Presentation is open to the public and admission is FREE.
"The Archaeology of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail"
Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas is a
corridor of indigenous trails first utilized by early European explorers to contact the
Caddo living deep in the forests of eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Under the
2004 law, the National Park Service must identify significant historical and cultural
resources that meet the criteria for inclusion in the historic trail.
These sites, the selection process and the implications for further research will be
discussed by Jeff Williams, GIS systems administrator for the Arthur Temple College of
Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Sponsored by Milam County Historical Commission. Free 6 p.m. at the District
Courtroom, Milam County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St.
Dee Dee Green 254-697-4692 or Geri Burnett 512-446-5087.
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
Members to meet October 21, 2010
Temple Daily Telegram
September 19, 2010
Plans continue for the third annual membership meeting of the El Camino Real de los
Tejas National Historic Trail Association on Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 22, at
Apache Pass near Rockdale.
The shallow ford of the San Gabriel River off FM 908 is believed to have been used by
Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon as he journeyed along the El Camino Real. Historians
believe Gen. Santa Anna, and Texas patriots Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie traveled the El
Camino Real from opposite directions on their journey to the Alamo in San Antonio.
The late Dr. Kathleen Kirk Gilmore, who conducted an archaeological excavation at the
San Xavier Missions in 1969, will be honored.
Gilmore, working with Dr. Jim Bruseth, Texas Historical Commission archaeology division
director, visited the San Xavier Mission sites in 2009 on a fact-finding mission to
find location of the presidio, believed to be in a field across the road from Apache
Pass. During the visit, Bruseth found a fragment of circa-1700s Majolica china on a
gopher mound at the site.