National landmark Sugarloaf private property
Joy Graham

Final article on the Tonkawas and Sugarloaf Mountain

S ugarloaf Mountain, though not the tallest in Milam

County, has given this area a place of recognition. Native Americans lived in proximity to the mountain, early settlers set down roots adjoining it, and today Sugarloaf is being recognized as one of Milam County’s six high potential sites and segments on El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail.

It is listed as a Natural Landmark, with reference to its landscape features dating back to the 1700s. Private owners have the mountain fenced and “No Trespassing Signs” are posted. If you are traveling the area, you can see its grandeur from the county road near its location; you are not legally permitted to enter the property.

What does a ll t his mean? Milam County and the National Trail respect the owners “no trespassing” rights. The history of the mountain has been studied by students from surrounding colleges and Master Naturalists chapters. Local citizens enjoy the beauty it brings to our area.

The Board of Directors of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail are now awaiting final approval, publication and distribution of a Comprehensive Management Plan. The intensive study to formulate the plan was developed by the National Parks Service using information from Milam County’s CLG Survey, Texas Historical Commission, TxDOT, Texas Parks Service, diaries and maps from state agencies and private universities.

The Comprehensive Management Plan will provide the framework to manage the National Historic Trail.

Sugarloaf Mountain is not a local or state park, but it is recognized as a National Landmark, pr ivately ow ned. The native Americans who claim this as their origin have benefited somewhat in knowing that the National Parks Service recognizes this mountain.

What is important is that we know more about the history of this area and its private owners have it fenced for protection. Citizens of our county and state need to obey the “no trespass signs” installed by the owners.

The story of Sugarloaf Mountain does not come to an end— history continues—and it exists right here in Milam County.

Research: Draft Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment, Louisiana- Texas.

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