The Pinta Trail
Posted by: BackPak
N 30° 13.548 W 098° 48.670
14R E 518171 N 3343821
Quick Description: Texas Historical Marker, located in a small park/pullout about five miles east of Fredericksburg on the north side of US 290.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 9:12:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM1WHC
Location from Fredericksburg take US 290 E approx. 5.2 miles to rest area. The Marker was Erected in 1986
Marker Number: 10096
Origin of the Pinta Trail is attributed to nomadic Plains Indian tribes. Early Spanish and Mexican expeditions followed the general route of the trail, which extended from San Antonio de Bexar to the San Saba River near present Menard. A survey by German immigrants in 1845 provided a wagon road over part of the trail, and, after the discovery of gold in California in 1849, the trail was utilized by U.S. military companies seeking to open new routes to the western states. Use of the trail declined with the advent of railroads in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
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