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Old Spanish Trail Auto Route
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This category seeks to waymark the unique pieces of Americana and history that still lie along the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route. It connects the old Spanish colonial towns of St. Augustine, Florida, on the U.S. Atlantic coast and San Diego, California, on the U.S. Pacific Coast. The Old Spanish Trail Auto Route is not to be confused with the 19th century cattle trail of the same name that wound from Santa Fe to Los Angeles.
Expanded Description:
The Old Spanish Trail Auto Route (OST) once spanned 3,000 miles of roadway from the Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean crossing 67 counties and 8 states along the southern border of the United States. Work on the auto highway began in 1915 and, by the 1920s, the trail linked St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California, with its center and headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. The cities in between boasted a shared heritage of Spanish missions, forts, and Spanish colonization. The lure of the OST continued to captivate travelers until the early 1960s, when new interstates redirected traffic off the old road.

The OST highway passes through some of America's best tourist destinations including St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Mobile, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tombstone, Tucson, and San Diego. The OST largely follows what later became U.S. Highway 90 in the east and U.S. 80 in the west. Indeed, the road continued on as the Old Spanish Trail even after the U.S. numbered highways were created, with later OST maps including the U.S. highway shields. For a list of counties and cities along the OST, visit the OST100 website.

Sources: American Roads, OST100, Drive the OST, Wikipedia

                

For segment by segment descriptions of how to locate the route of the Old Spanish Trail today (see links to segments below), please visit the Old Spanish Trail Association Archives, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. This website provides the following overview of the OST:

"Welcome to a trip in space and time on a highway that is now four highways: the OST, Old U.S.-90, U.S.-90, and IH-10. The original highway continues to exist in many locations but in others has either been paved over to make way for the subsequent roads or has dead-ended into rubbish heaps and grassy mounds. But for many, many hundreds of miles, the original highway (sometimes expanded) remains the Main Street of the coastal South from Saint Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California. Sometimes it's called Main Street, other times its Cervantes or Broadway or Claiborne, but wherever you drive on it, you bump into people who continue to refer to it as the Old Spanish Trail. Let's start at the beginning, the far eastern section of the trail. It was not the first place construction started but is the easternmost terminus of the highway."

Florida: Starting from Saint Augustine
Florida: Starting from Saint Augustine and Ending in Tallahassee [Part One]
Florida: Approaching Tallahassee and reaching the eastern border of the Florida Panhandle [Part Two]
Florida: Tallahassee to Pensacola and On to the Alabama Border
Alabama: From the border with Florida to Mississippi
Mississippi: The Coastal Highway
Louisiana: Through New Orleans
Louisiana: From New Orleans to Texas
Texas: From the Sabine River to Houston
Texas: From Houston to San Antonio
Texas: From San Antonio to Sonora
Texas: From Sonora to El Paso
New Mexico
Crossing Arizona
To San Diego, California

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Photo Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Zero Milestone by Marine Biologist, San Antonio Milestone from Drive the OST website, San Diego Milestone from American Roads website, Spanish Trail Googie Sign from Digital Photography for Dummies Blogspot, Conquistador at Entry to St. Augustine by Marine Biologist, Next on the Old Spanish Trail sign from American Roads website, and the Old Beverly Motel Sign in Alabama from the Trip Advisor website

Instructions for Posting a Old Spanish Trail Auto Route Waymark:
This category is for waymarking points of interest relating to the people, places, events, and things that are a part of the history, culture, and lore of the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route – anything that captures the spirit of the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route during its heyday. Potential waymarks might be pieces of Americana such as diners or motor lodges, historic markers about the road, signs for the OST, historic structures along the road, roadside attractions, etc.

Submissions to this category must be found along the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route (see the segment by segment links above), and you MUST include proof that the location for your submission is part of the OST. In addition, submissions must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

Does it represent period culture?

Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

Is it an important milestone or marker?

Please make sure your waymark follows these instructions:

1. NAME: The name of the point of interest and its location should be included in the title. For example: Zero Milestone - St. Augustine, FL

2. PHOTO: At least one photo of the point of interest that you have taken yourself is required. Additional photos would be greatly appreciated! A GPSr photo is not required.

3. LONG DESCRIPTION: A description of the point of interest must be included in the Long Description. It must be different from the information posted in the Quick Description. You must cite your source if you copy any information directly from someone else. ***In addition, you MUST include proof that the location of your submission is part of the OST.***

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When visiting a waymark, please take a picture that clearly shows the point of interest (feel free to include you and/or members of your group in the photo as well). Also, tell us about your experience at the site.
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Built in 1845–53, the Gallier Hall is a historic building located at 545 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben

location: Louisiana

date approved: 3/25/2020

last visited: never

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A historic hotel in the center of San Diego.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/15/2019

last visited: 6/15/2019

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A historic fountain in downtown San Diego. .

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/15/2019

last visited: 6/15/2019

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This grey granite marker is located on the north entrance sidewalk of the Guadeloupe County Courthouse - 211 Court Street (Alternate Highway 90) - in Seguin, Texas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Texas

date approved: 10/19/2018

last visited: 8/31/2021

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The Schertz Community Hospital, located at 805 Main Street on the Old Spanish Trail a few blocks east of downtown Schertz

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/6/2018

last visited: 1/14/2018

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The Schertz Masonic Lodge, along the OST in downtown Schertz TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/6/2018

last visited: 1/14/2018

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San Antonio City leaders made sure the new Randolph Army Air Field would be located along the Old Spanish Trail, and its landmark Taj Majal main administration building soon became an OST landmark

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/5/2018

last visited: 1/14/2018

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This very large gas station in a very small town was probably built as large is it was to serve the extra folks driving along the OST in downtown Cibolo TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2018

last visited: 1/14/2018

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The Old Main Ice House in Cibolo Texas was a real ice house during the 1920s-50s when the OST passed through downtown Cibolo

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2018

last visited: 1/14/2018

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Located right on the OST, this grand movie palace would have packed them in to see the latest from Hollywood in an opulent setting

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2018

last visited: 2/23/2018

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The Cathedral Basilica of San Fernando de Bexar, a must-see along the OST in San Antonio TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2018

last visited: 3/24/2018

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The Spanish Governor's Palace, a landmark along the OST just a block from the Zero Milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2018

last visited: 2/23/2018

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The Menger Hotel, located along the OST at Alamo Plaza, is an elegant place to stay while traveling to San Antonio -- on the OST in the 1920s and today, nearly 100 years later

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2018

last visited: 7/23/2010

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The 1899 Bexar County Courthouse is a landmark along the OST in downtown San Antonio TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/3/2018

last visited: 2/15/2014

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Old Spanish Trail Auto RouteFlatonia Interlocking Switch Tower No. 3 - Flatonia, TX

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A historic tower now stabilized and preserved along the OST in downtown Flatonia TX, just a few blocks from where it would have been an interesting railroad sight for the OST travelers of the 1920s and beyond

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/28/2017

last visited: 6/3/2018

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In the hey day of the OST, this building served as the Flatonia Post Office. It was replaced with an ugly utilitarian post office in 1970.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/26/2017

last visited: 6/3/2018

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The Lyric Theatre in downtown Flatonia TX, along the OST

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/25/2017

last visited: 6/3/2018

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OST travelers who wanted to gawk at how the 1% lived in the late 19th century could take a look at the Stafford-Miller House, one blck off the OST in downtown Columbus TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/23/2017

last visited: 5/8/2021

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The Stafford Opera House one block south of the OST drew folks from all over to its entertainment offerings, and they all had to use some portion of the OST to get here

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/23/2017

last visited: 5/8/2021

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One half block off the OST, the hardware store in the Ehrenwerth Building drew customers from all over to the OST in downtown Columbus TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/23/2017

last visited: 5/8/2021

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The Colorado County Courthouse in downtown Columbus TX, on the OST

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/23/2017

last visited: 5/8/2021

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The Columbus Water Tower was purchased by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and turned into a Confederate history museum. A few years later the new OST Auto Route passed a block away

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/23/2017

last visited: 5/8/2021

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This handsome Southern Pacific railroad truss bridge over the Colorado River east of Columbus TX would have been a pretty sight for travelers along the OST in the 1920s

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/19/2017

last visited: 12/30/2011

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This 1932 truss bridge carries the US 90 Business Route/OST over the Colorado River east of downtown Columbus TX

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 12/19/2017

last visited: 9/17/2017

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Sometime it's the little things in life. Like a half mile of conrete that make you appreciate the "good ole days".

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni

location: Texas

date approved: 10/4/2017

last visited: never

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