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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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The old alignment of the OST through New Iberia LA follows East Main Street and passes several historic buildings that are now part of the East Main Historic District.

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location: Louisiana

date approved: 4/18/2016

last visited: 4/19/2016

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The distinctive US Post Office in New Iberia, a landmark building along this segment of the old alignment of the OST.

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date approved: 4/18/2016

last visited: 4/19/2016

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There are several well-known New Iberia landmark antebellum homes along LA 182/Main Street -- the old alignment of the Old Spanish Trail Auto Route.

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location: Louisiana

date approved: 4/18/2016

last visited: 4/19/2016

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The Conrad Rice Mill, just west of the railroad tracks that followed the OST in New Iberia, has been milling rice the same way since 1912.

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location: Louisiana

date approved: 4/18/2016

last visited: 4/19/2016

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The Long-Allen Bridge between Berwick and Morgan City LA carried the OST over the Atchafalaya River.

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location: Louisiana

date approved: 4/18/2016

last visited: 8/15/2015

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