MILAM COUNTY EL CAMINO REAL DE LOS TEJAS TRAIL
Ceremony Set to Dedicate Trail’s 1st Signs
by Jay Ermis - Telegram Staff Writer
Temple Daily Telegram - September 4, 2012
CAMERON - Milam County will become the first in the state to erect signs on the El
Camino Real de los Tejas trail in October.
The “trail has been traveled through Milam County for almost 200 years, and we’re just
getting around to putting signs on it,” County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said.
If everything goes as planned, on Oct. 8, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, former
Congressman Ciro Rodriguez from San Antonio and other dignitaries will be in Milam
County for a ceremony to dedicate the new signage and launch the national trail through
“Quite an honor for our county,”
Rodriguez sponsored the legislation naming the El Camino as a national trail.
“We have our local Milam County Historical Commission folks such as Dr. Lucille Estelle
and Joy Graham who are on the El Camino Real de los Tejas State Board to thank for
aggressively pursuing getting the signs for us,” Barkemeyer said. “They indicated that
the Santa Fe Division of the National Park Service recommended Milam County be the
recipients of the first signs. A huge thank you goes to the Milam County Historical
Commission Preservation Trust, the cities of Cameron and Rockdale, and the National
Park Service who combined to pay for the signs.”
County commissioners led by Commissioner Jeff Muegge of Precinct 4 will be responsible
To expedite use of the trail from a tourism standpoint, a steering committee has been
formed to initiate the first annual El Camino Real Trade Days event, which is being
planned for Oct. 27-28, he said.
The group is made up of the heads of the Cameron, Rockdale and Thorndale chambers of
commerce along with several community leaders from around the county. It will feature a
series of events from Thorndale to Rockdale to Cameron and will conclude with a live
auction at Apache Pass.
“Milam County is blessed with some world class historical sites, some outstanding
museums, now connected by a designated National Historical Trail,” he said. “It’s
appropriate that we move forward to take advantage of these county assets.”