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!