Czech Heritage Center features El Camino Real photographic trek
LA GRANGE—Fayette County Historical Commission, Lavaca County Historical Commission and Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center jointly are hosting a pictorial exhibit, “A Photographic Journey Along El Camino Real de los Tejas,” July 14 through Sept. 14 in the TCHCC Museum in La Grange.
El Camino Real de los Tejas is also known as the King’s Highway, Old San Antonio Road or La Bahia Road. This series of trails was used by the Spanish during their rule of North America in the 1600 to 1800s to communicate between capitals and to supply missions and forts. The Kings Road started at St. Augustine, Florida, ran to Mexico City, Mexico via Natchitoches, Louisiana, San Antonio and Laredo.
Several trails or roads cross Texas. One branch runs through Fayette, Lavaca, Lee and Washington Counties. For the first time, photographs recently taken along the trail in these counties will be displayed in La Grange.
The photographer, Christopher Talbot, who is an associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, has captured images of scenes along the various trails in Texas. In this photographic display, Talbot’s images are not only beautiful, but are also significant in the study of Texas history.
In 2004, Congress designated the El Camino Real de los Tejas a National Historic Trail to commemorate, to preserve and to protect segments of the trail for future generations to study and enjoy. The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historical Trail runs from Louisiana across Texas to the Rio Grande River.
The public is invited to attend the grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, and view the exhibit daily, except Sunday, July 17, through Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center Museum, 250 Fairgrounds Road, La Grange. Admission is free.
This display of Texas history will be of special interest to high school history teachers, students, summer campers and historical societies. Tour groups are welcome. For more information call 1-888-785-4500 or go to TCHCC’s web site, www.czechtexas.org.