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El Camino Real - Kimmswick, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wampa-One
N 38° 21.971 W 090° 21.956
15S E 730128 N 4249729
Quick Description: Red granite marker erected in 1917 by the Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the route of El Camino Real (Spanish for The King's Highway)
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/20/2008 7:37:47 AM
Waymark Code: WM500C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rupert2
Views: 26

Long Description:
In the late 1700s the Spanish used the inland trails of the Native Americans. The route from New Madrid and Ste. Genevieve to St. Louis was called the route El Camino Real (The Royal Road.) This oldest road in Missouri passed near what would become Kimmswick. The Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution erected a red granite boulder in 1917 to mark the route. On Sunday October 19th, 2008 a Rededication ceremony was held to commemorate the move of the El Camino Real Marker to the Jefferson Square Park location.
~ from Historic Kimmswick website

El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain. Kings Highway, the name for the trail following the Mississippi River northward from New Orleans, Louisiana, through Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis, Missouri. The modern route following this trail was numbered as U.S. Highway 61 in 1926. Present-day streets along the route in the three Missouri cities are named Kingshighway.
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The history of El Camino Real is also mentioned in the American Guide Series, Missouri: A Guide to the 'Show Me' State, 1941 (page 98)
Feature Discription: route marker

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Address: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: New Orleans

End of the road: St. Louis

Visit Instructions:
We ask that if you visit the site, please include a unique picture with your impressions of the location. If possible, and if you are not too shy, please include yourself and your group in the photo. Extra points will be given for your best buffalo imitation or if you are licking something salty.
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