Signs being placed on El Camino Real Trial

When the San Xavier missions were active in the 1750’s they inf luenced the route of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail using the rivers and streams for their survival.

Brushy Creek, the San Gabriel and Little Rivers were known to have supported Indians throughout the county.

The three missions on the western side of Milam County were located, on the San Gabriel River, Little River bottom land under the Little River Hwy 36 Bridge (J. B. White site) and Sugarloaf Mountain site were all known as sites of Indian gatherings referred to as pow-wows.

Milam County is moving forward with the National Parks Service signing the trail.

Eighteen signs will be placed on Milam County roads depicting locations where sixteen original trails crossed these areas in the county. When the national trail was announced in 2004 and the comprehensive plan approved, resource informat ion was researched identifying all the areas across Texas that were highly significant locations identified as the history of this national trail existed.

Milam County completed their survey in 2007.

Dr. Kathleen Gi lmore led archaeologists from Texas Historical Commission and Milam County to complete research on Missions Ildenfonso, Candelaria, the presidio and the low water crossing at Apache Pass to certify these areas as part of the San Xavier historical complex.

The time is here to place National Park Service (NPS) signs on this national trail through Milam County.

The Texas Department of Transpor tat ion ( TxDOT) is responsible for placing trail signs that are routed on state roadways.

Two routes crossed Milam County, one inf luenced by the location of Brushy Creek and the other route inf luenced by San Gabriel and Little River.

Sugarloaf Mountain is located southeast of FM 2095 in the lower trail route though the Gause area.

Shown is a picture of the Trail Crossing Sign you will see as you travel the trail across Milam County.

Eighteen such signs will be located on county roadways, 16 of those being road crossings and two historic names sites.

Eighteen such signs will be the responsibility of Milam County; 36 signs and directional arrows as appropriated will be installed by TxDOT on state highways and five site identifications/entrance signs, perhaps on land owned by landowners who have an opportunity to apply for partnerships with National Park Service.

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