El Camino Real - Benton, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Assisted by: Groundspeak Regular Member SecurB
N 37° 05.809 W 089° 33.786
16S E 272214 N 4108686
Quick Description: Marker for old French/Spanish trail running from New Madrid to St. Louis, located on the grounds of the Scott County Courthouse in Benton, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/29/2009 7:44:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM7J1M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Flag_Mtn_Hkrs
Views: 5
Created From:
 Gainestown Schoolhouse - Gainestown, Alabama - posted by SecurB

Long Description:

Text of marker:

El Camino Real

New Madrid
Cape Giraddeau
Ste. Genevieve
St. Louis.

Erected By The
Missouri Daughters
Of The American
A.D. 1915.

Road of Trail Name: El Camino Real

State: Missouri

County: Scott

Historical Significance:
Early road running along west side of Mississippi River from New Madrid to St. Louis.

Years in use: Laid out in 1789

How you discovered it:
Had seen other makers for trail previouslly

Website Explination:
About 1789 the Spanish government laid out a road running from St. Louis to Little Prairie or what are now Caruthersville, Missouri, then south through Arkansas, Campo de la Esperanza, opposite of what is now Memphis, Tennessee. Through the greater part of its course it followed the old Indian trace along which DeSoto very probably traveled. This road was called by the Spanish "El Camino Real" the King's Highway.

Overland travel along what became eastern Missouri

On grounds of Scott County Courthouse

Book on Wagon Road or Trial: Not listed

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