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Castle Gap -- US 67, 5 miles west of McCamey TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 31° 09.514 W 102° 08.737
13R E 772097 N 3450684
Quick Description: A second state historic marker for Castle Gap, an important local landmark, along the US 67 on the McCamey TX side of the Castle Gap
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 2:35:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMV0CA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member fatcat161
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Long Description:
This historic marker for Castle Gap is located at the rest area along the US 385 south of Crane TX.

The marker reads as follows:

"CASTLE GAP

Castle Gap, famous early pass for southwestern trails, lies 14 miles northwest along the Upton-Crane County line. Through this mile-long gap between Castle and King mountains flowed the full panorama of Texas history-- Indian, Spaniard, Stage and Trail Herd Driver, Settler, '49er.

In prehistoric time Castle Gap was a landmark for nomadic Indian tribes and later guided the Commanches on their war trail into Mexico. The first white man to discover the pass was probably the Spanish explorer Felipe Rabago y Teran in 1761. Then came the '49ers in their frenzied rush to the California gold fields, to be followed by other, more permanent settlers.

From 1858 to 1861 the famed Butterfield Overland Mail coaches rumbled through the pass on their 24-day journey from St. Louis to San Francisco, pausing briefly at the adobe-walled Castle Gap station for fresh teams. Then they were off again, fording into the sunset. By 1866 the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail was firmly established at the gap, funneling tens of thousands of brawling longhorn cattle to the northern markets.

During this same period, legend holds that a treasure-laden aide of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico, fleeing the country when the regime collapsed, buried gold and jewels in the area.

Dust of the pioneers settled long ago. Today Castle Gap slumbers peacefully, disturbed only by visitors, occasional treasure hunters and those who probe for ruins of the Butterfield station and the rapidly fading ruts of coach and wagon."
Elevation (Official or GPSR reading): 2580

Mountain Range: Castle Mountains

Access:
Gap is on private property, but can be seen from US 67 east of McCamey


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