El Camino Real -- First Site of San Marcos, Hays Co. TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 29° 51.323 W 097° 53.911
14R E 606393 N 3303270
Quick Description: The first site of what would become the City of San Marcos was at this San Marcos River bend along the El Camino Real
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/7/2018 2:38:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMXPCA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Three state historical markers and a local historical marker stand at this spot along the Old Bastrop Highway, which is the former route of the El Camino Real.

The 1936 Centennial state historical marker which commemorates the first site of San Marcos, reads as follows:


Known officially as Villa de San Marcos de Neve. Established in 1807 by Mexican settlers. The population on January 6, 1808 was 81. A flood in 1808 and subsequent Indian raids led to its abandonment in 1812.

Erected by the State of Texas 1936"

The El Camino Real de los Tejas has been designated a National Historic Trail through the states of Texas and New Mexico. (visit link)

"From the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley
Come on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial "royal road" that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.

You are about to travel 2,500 miles, from Mission San Juan Bautista Guerrero, Mexico to Fort St. Jean Baptiste Nachitoches Parish, Louisiana."
Feature Discription: El Camino Real Historic Site

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Address: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: Natchitoches LA

End of the road: Guerrero MX

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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