(El Camino) Real-ity show
‘Historic’ day looks to past and future
Excited history buffs were looking back three centuries and ahead to the near future Thursday at Apache Pass.
Native Americans (the real thing)) and volunteers depicting 18th Century Catholic missionaries and 19th Century Texas pioneers were on hand Thursday at Apache Pass. From left, Ray “Running Hawk” Ochoa, Randy Billingsley, Gus Coelho, Don Simms (representing Knights of Columbus Council 7014) and Joe “Two Feathers” Ochoa. Historical re-enactments were featured. Reporter/Mike Brown
The El Camino Real National Historical Trail Association held its annual membership meeting in a morning session at the Apache Pass restaurant.
An afternoon of activities at the historic riverside pass included re-enactments and Native American dancing and ceremonies.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Frank de la Teja, chairman of the history department at Texas State University.
A lso spea k ing were Dr. Susan Boyle, historian with the National Park Service, and Aaron Mahr, superintendent of National Trails for the National Park Service’s Intermountain Region.
The trail, which extends from Mexico to Louisiana, is being developed as a historic trail. Currently notable features along the trail are being identified.
The late archeologist Dr. Kathleen Gilmore, whose 1967 dig led to establishing the sites of three 1720s-era Spanish missions along the trail, was honored with a tribute by Joy Graham.
Also participating were Dr. Lucile Estell and Adai Caddo Indian Nation Chief Rufus Davis of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
A separate photo exhibit on the trail opened Thursday evening at the city library downtown. (See page 2A).
Left, Aaron Mahr of the National Park Service talked about the ECR logo. Above. keynote speaker was Dr. Frank de la Teja of Texas State University.
The late Dr. Kathleen Gilmore (R), who died earlier this year at age 95, was honored during Thursday’s meeting, attended by (L-R) granddaughter Shannon Blatt and daughters Judy Gilmore Lepthien and Pat Gilmore. Dr. Gilmore’s 1967 dig established the sites of Milam County’s 18th Century Spanish missions.