Historic trail signs due soon in Milam County
Joy Graham

I t won’t be long before you will see the National Park Service Signs in Milam County for the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail at 16 locations.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Bob Brinkman with the Texas Historical Commission in Austin joined Commissioners Jeff Muegge and Kenneth Hollas, Cindy Galbreath, Dr. Lucile Estell and Joy Graham as they identified county roads where these signs will be installed.

Milam is the first county to install the National Trail Signs.

The Bryan Region of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will install signs located on state highways and farm-market Roads. Precincts 2, 3, and 4 have 23 signs in their jurisdictions.

Sixteen historic trail road crossing signs will be placed on county roads east and north of Thorndale off US 79, east and west off FM 486, northeast off FM 908, orth and east of Apache Pass location.

Moving north to Cameron, signs will be located inside the Cameron city limits off Texas 36 and US 77. Traveling to the Minerva area, two signs will be located east off US 77.

Moving from Cameron and Milano, signs will be located off Texas 36, and the final crossing signs will be located off FM 2095 between Cameron and Gause and west off State Hwy 36 between the 77/36 intersection red light.

Milam County has two trail routes. The lower route moved east near present US 79 from Williamson County, crossing Brushy Creek near the southwest of Thorndale.

The trail continued north east crossing present day US 79 in the Nile Community. It then moved southeast near US 77 and FM 1712, then veered over near Sugarloaf Mountain, crossed the Brazos and Little Brazos Rivers into Robertson County.

The upper route moved out of Williamson County to Thrall, then northeast entering the Detmold Community, crossing Turkey Creek near Apache Pass on the San Gabriel River, over to the Minerva area at the confluence of San Gabriel and Little Rivers.

It moved northeast to Pond Creek then veered in a southeasterly route near Sugarloaf Mountain and crossed the Brazos River into Robertson County.

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