County gets El Camino Real news

Milam County commissioners got an update on the El Camino Real National Historic Trail from a couple of Rockdale historians during a regular session Tuesday morning.

Dr. Lucille Estell and Joy Graham said signs are being planned at six places in Milam County along the trail, making Milam second only to Bexar (San Antonio) for designated places.

Dr. Estell praised former County Judge Frank Summers for his efforts in helping to develop the trail in Milam County.

“Having the upper trail come through downtown Cameron and the lower trail comer through Rockdale is an opportunity for our count y to become more involved,” she said.

The historians said they will work with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Historical Commission in completing details and installing the signs.

They said $7,000 has already been raised toward the project, $5,000 from the National Park Service and $ 2,000 from the Milam County Historical Commission Preservation Trust Fund. That’s about half the amount needed.

In other business, Ken Janicek, Veterans Service Officer, told commissioners he’d had several inquiries by veterans after a recent column by County Judge Dave Barkemeyer which suggested “possibly reducing the cost of the (VSO) service by one-third in upcoming months.”

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