Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
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Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
Framed maps of El Camino Real Trail presented to Milam County Commissioners.
IT’S A FRAMEUP - Boosters of the El Camino Real National Historic Trail in Milam County recently presented the commissioners court with framed maps detailing the trail signs placed around the county. Milam is the first county along the trail to receive signs. From left, Steven Gonzales, executive director of the ECR Trail Association, commissioners Chuck “Tank” Balch (Precinct 1) and Kenneth Hollas (Precinct 2), County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, commissioners John Fisher (Precinct 3) and Jeff Muegge (Precinct 4) and local historian Joy Graham.

Rockdale Reporter 2013-07-18 - photo courtesy of Dr Lucile Estell
El Camino Real de los Tejas
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                             The Royal Road’s Real Stories
            Group Strives to Protect Threatened El Camino Real de los Tejas
                                     by Andy Rhodes
                             Managing Editor, The Medallion

Nestled among Texas’ rolling hills, and meandering creekbeds are slight depression in the earth known as swales.  Barely visible to the untrained eye...

Read the complete article at The Royal Road's Real Stories
The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association board of directors held its quarterly meeting Friday at Apache Pass. As part of the meeting, directors presented flowers and a plaque to Dr. Lucile Estel of Rockdale, past president of the association and a driving force behind establishment of the trail. Making the presentation to Dr. Estell was board member Carl Mica.

Rockdale Reporter
January 23, 2014

photos by Mike Brown
                              EL CAMINO REAL TRADE DAYS NEWS
                            Rockdale Reporter - October 9, 2014

The El Camino Real Trade Days still has vendor booths available.

Our booth prices are incredible at $25 for the entire weekend.

Please remember for an additional $10 you can become ECR Certified. For $10 you get advertising on our website and interactive map from now till the event.

If you own a business, consider becoming ECR Certified and we will add your business, hours, contact information to our website and map.

This is great way to advertise your booth and/or business. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this first year event, please see our sponsor information on our website.

Don’t know what the El Camino Real Trail is?

This is an excerpt from our website about the history of the trail and the creation of El Camino Real Trade Days, “The El Camino Real Trade Days was created during a meeting by local elected officials, business leaders and stakeholders in Milam County, Texas.

“Out of this initial meeting a committee was set, comprised of members from different areas of the county.

“El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail is a centuries old trail that was added to the National Trails System by the U.S. Congress on October 18, 2004.

“The legislation authorizing El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail identified approximately 2,580 miles of trail extending from the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass and Laredo, Texas to Natchitoches, Louisiana.

“This trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas, is the oldest segment of all the National Park Service trails in Texas, and the part of the trail passing through Milam County has been selected by the National Park Service to receive the first National Historic Trail signage depicting the trail in the State of Texas.

“With this historic signage placed along the trail in Milam County the ‘Trade Days’ became an apparent unique opportunity that would be a great trade route similar to the old route centuries ago.

“Our vision, in time, is to extend the ‘Trade Days’ following the El Camino Real de los Tejas trail.”