ROCKDALE, Texas —
The first signs marking the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail will be unveiled on October 8 at Apache Pass outside Rockdale in a special presentation hosted by the National Park Service and the Texas Historical Commission (THC). U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will be a featured speaker.
El Camino Real de los Tejas once connected a series of Spanish missions and posts from the Rio Grande to what is now northwestern Louisiana. Native Americans first developed trade routes that linked villages along the trail that was later traveled and influenced by Spanish explorers beginning in the 1680s. El Camino Real de los Tejas helped to establish settlement patterns that continue today. Congress designated El Camino Real de los Tejas as a national historic trail in 2004 as part of the National Trails System.
The October 8 event begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Apache Pass is located at 9112 North FM 908 outside of Rockdale. For more information, contact the National Park Service at 512.850.9073.