Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
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                   Milam commissioners hear update on trail markers
                      by Jeanne Williams - Temple Daily Telegram
                                 October 13. 2011

CAMERON — Milam County commissioners this week heard a report on the El Camino Real de
Los Tejas National Historic Trail, which will be designated at six points in Milam County
with signs to be placed along off-system roadways in rural areas of the county.

Board representatives Dr. Lucile Estell and Joy Graham of Rockdale outlined plans by the
National Park Service to designate six historical sites along the ancient network of
trails used by Indians, early explorers and pioneers from Mexico City to Louisiana.

“I do believe in my heart that this opportunity to relate to the rest of Texas and the
United States Milam County’s role in the history of this state through the two routes
that come right through our county is a sign of better times for this area of Texas,”
Estell told commissioners.

Milam County will be the first Texas county to receive signs to be placed at Apache Pass,
the sites of Spanish missions and the Spanish garrison, and Sugar Loaf Mountain, which
became landmarks along some of the trails that made up the El Camino Real de Los Tejas.

“Milam County is a destination, a place where ‘something special happened here.’ Having
the upper route come through downtown Cameron and the lower route come through Rockdale
is an opportunity for our county to become more involved,” Estell said. “As I said today,
historic preservation in itself draws tourists, and tourists impact economic

The agency will work with TxDOT and the Texas Historical Commission in completing details
and installing signs.  The agency has $7,000 toward completion, including $5,000 from the
National Park Service and a $2,000 grant from the Milam County Historical Commission
Preservation Trust Fund. To complete the project that amount must be doubled.
Exhibit on historic involvement of Spain and Mexico with Texas
on display at
Texas A&M University - Evans Library
November 2 thru November 11, 2011

COLLEGE STATION – October 18, 2011
A free public exhibit that commemorates the historic involvement of Spain and Mexico
with Texas will be on display starting November 2nd at 4:00pm at Texas A&M University’s
Evans Library. The exhibit will be on display through November, 11th.

The exhibit “El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past & Present,” created by the Consulate
General of Spain in Houston, features panels with old maps and engraving reproductions,
photographs, and other historical documents. “The exhibit is kind of a ‘historical
tourism’ along a very important road,” said David Rex Galindo, historical curator of the

A symposium led by experts in this field will be held November 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. in the Evans Library, Room 204E, at Texas A&M University.

“Two of the foremost historians of Spanish colonialism and a wonderful young scholar who
is quickly developing a reputation in the field — who received her doctorate from the
Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University —will speak to the issue of Texas
colonial history. Their papers will be discussed by two prominent members of the
Department of History at Texas A&M,” said Alberto Moreiras, Department Head of Hispanic

The exhibition and symposium seek to increase public awareness of a long and important
period in the history of Texas — the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, when Spain and
later Mexico were involved with the Lone Star State.

The Camino Real de los Tejas (Royal Road of Texas) is a historic landmark that dates
from 1680 to 1845 and spans Spanish, Mexican, and early American history. El Camino Real
de los Tejas was designated as a national Historic Trail in 2004 by the U.S. congress
and is one of 11 historic trails in the country. The trail has been extensively studied
by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Although the Camino Real de los Tejas
Association completed an ambitious Comprehensive Management Plan, this trail and other
Caminos Reales located across the Americas are not very well known by Texans. They
deserve a loving and detailed attention, said Cynthia Brandimarte, Director of the
Historic Sites & Structure Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The exhibit and symposium are sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Dean
of Faculties and Associate Provost Office, and the European Union Center at Texas A&M
University, and the generosity of Manuel and Carol Gonzalez, owners of Sterling Auto
Group in Bryan, Texas.

Exhibit organizers were the Consulate General of Spain, Houston, Texas A&M University,
and SPAIN Arts & Culture.

Collaborators in the creation of the exhibit include the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, Texas
Historical Commission, Gobierno de España Ministerio de Cultura, the Spanish
International Development Cooperation Agency, Gobierno de España Ministerio de Defensa,
and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For more information about the exhibit, contact: or by calling Erin Pope
at 979-862-7455.

  New Officers Take the Helm of El Camino Real National Trail Association
       Temple Daily Telegram - October 30, 2011

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail  Association members elected Dr. Lucile
Estell of Rockdale, president, and named Joy Graham of Thorndale, Richard Santos of
Pearsall and Linda Curtis Sparks of Many, La., as vice presidents. Gary Dunnam of
Victoria was elected secretary and Mark Stine of  Austin, treasurer.

These officers join nine other directors who represent their regions in 15 places on the

At the annual membership meeting in Bastrop,  Aaron Mahr, Steve Burns and Kristen Van
Fleet of the National Parks Service in Santa Fe, N.M., spoke about implementation of the
approved comprehensive management plan and explained the signage plan.
Milam County was selected to be the first county across Texas and Louisiana to receive
signs denoting the routes of the National Trail.    

Read more articles on El Camino Real:

"Preserve It and They Will Come"
by Lucile Estell & Joy Graham;
Flair Magazine, Fall 2012, published by Sherry McCartney

Ceremony Set to Dedicate Trail’s 1st Signs
by Jay Ermis - Telegram Staff Writer
Temple Daily Telegram - September 4, 2012

El Camino Real Trail, a ‘sign’ of Milam’s future
by David Barkemeyer
Milam County Judge

‘Real’-ity Urged For Trail Trade Days
by Mike Brown - Editor
Rockdale Reporter - June 28, 2012

El Camino Trade Days planned for October in Milam
by Jay Ermis - Temple Daily Telegram
September 9, 2012

321 Years of Milam County History
by Joy Graham
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

El Camino Real Historic Trail Signs Unveiled
by Jay Ermis - Telegram Staff Writer
Temple Daily Telegram - October 10, 2012

El Camino Real Signs go up in Milam County
Rockdale Reporter, February 21, 2013

El Camino Signs Going Up, Tourism Task Ahead
by Joy Graham
Rockdale Reporter, February 21, 2013

If you would like to join the
El Camino Real de los Tejas
National Historic Trail Association
Please click HERE for more information and

Please click HERE for the membership form.