With a view

Markers add to luster for Milam County’s historic venues

The Texas Historical Commission has recognized what Milam County residents have known for a long time, our county is not only historic, it has some great scenery and sometimes the two go together nicely.

Two historical markers were unveiled Saturday in Milam county at sites which showcase exactly that. Sugarloaf Mountain and Apache Pass join the many places deemed “significant” in our little corner of the world.

The “mountain” is a 492-foot above sea level river bluff overlooking the confluence of the Little and Brazos rivers not far from Gause.

Like most high places, it has its share of myths regarding buried gold and Native American origins. But what’s indisputable is that the bluff was a landmark for settlers from Spanish Colonial times in the early 1700s.

There are remnants of a three centuries old road in the area.

Apache Pass’s name pretty much tells the story. It was indeed a pass—in this case an easier place to cross what was then an un-dammed San Gabriel River—used in native American times, most specifically by Apaches.

In recent times, of course, it has become of Central Texas primary event venues, drawing everything from music concerts to weddings to a blessing by an Apache chief.

It’s been lovingly preserved over the years by five generations of the Worley family, who have a genuine appreciation for the land and its history.

Both Sugarloaf and Apache Pass are points of interest along the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

Apache Pass is viewed as the “crown jewel” of the trail and will certainly become a major destination for history tourists who drive it.

Indeed, history happened here. The markers will help everyone, wherever they live, to appreciate that.—M.B.

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