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October 2016 Sees Ten Sites Certified as Official Trail Locations

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October 2016 saw ten sites on El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail officially certified as trail resources!  Two signing events, in San Antonio and Nacogdoches, took place to recognize the milestone!

On October 13, 2016, nine sites were certified as official trail locations during a signing ceremony at city hall in San Antonio, Texas!  Superintendent, Aaron Mahr of the National Park Service – National Trails Intermountain Region was on-hand for the event, as were Shanon Miller, Director of the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation; Councilman Mike Gallagher, District 10; Councilman Robert Trevino, District 1; and City Manager, Sheryl Sculley.  Association representatives Sarah Zenaida Gould, Ellen Riojas Clark, and Steven Gonzales were also in attendance at the event.  Trail resources such as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Main and Military Plazas, and the Paso de los Tejas were among the resources recognized as official sites on the trail.  It is envisioned that the association will work with its partner entities in the San Antonio area to purchase and erect signing for these locations.

The next day, in Nacogdoches, Texas, the Lobanillo Swales, the association’s trail property was certified as an official trail resource!  The signing ceremony took place at the association’s annual meeting at the Cole Art Center of Stephen F. Austin State University.  Association president, Christopher Talbot and Aaron Mahr conducted the signing ceremony with a suite of the association’s board of directors present.  A tour of the property and discussion of its development took place later that day.

Altogether, a total of thirty sites along the trail have been certified as official trail resources!  These sites can be found from the Jesus Trevino Fort and Rancho on the banks of the Rio Grande in San Ygnacio, Texas to Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The certified sites also consist of privately owned resources such as Apache Pass in Milam County, as well as publicly owned sites such as Goliad State Park in Goliad, Texas.  We look forward to working with trail stewards and other partners in the coming years to certify even more sites as official resources of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail!


Pictured from left to right:  Shanon Miller, Director of the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation; Councilman Mike Gallagher, District 10; Aaron Mahr, Superintendent of the Trail; Councilman Robert Trevino, District 1; and City Manager, Sheryl Sculley.

Association’s Annual Meeting sees Change in Board of Directors

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The 2016 annual meeting was notable because it signified the end of an era and the beginning of another. 2016 witnessed the last of the original board of directors terming out, and the election of nearly half of the board as first time representatives!

Back in 2010, when the association’s bylaws were rewritten, the board of directors instituted term limits on board service. The term limits allow for board members to serve for up to three consecutive two year terms, for a total of six years of service. Consequently, the first set of original board members termed out in October 2015 and the last of the original board termed out this October. The original board members who recently termed out are Dr. Lucile Estell, Chief Rufus Davis, Carl Mica, and Duke Lyons. Long-time board member, Irene Ramos also termed out in October.

Taking the place of the original board are new representatives that hail from the Rio Grande to Natchitoches! Our South Texas region has two new board members in Frank “Chip” Briscoe and Nancy Deviney. Our East Texas/Caddo Region also has two new members in Roger Holt and Steven Fullen. And three At-Large positions were filled by Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, Lynn F. Young, and Lucinda Freeman. All new members bring with them various strengths and experiences that will greatly aid in the governance of the association.

We would like to thank all former board members for their service (and we would like to let them know that we aren’t going to let them get away that easy!) and we welcome all new board members to the organization!

For a full list of current board members and a little bit about them, please visit:


The Association Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting in Nacogdoches, Texas.