Have you seen official NPS signs somewhere along the trail? Our association, in conjunction with the NPS and local governments across Texas and Louisiana, has been working to place signage in many locations!
Beginning in 2012, the first official signs were placed at the San Xavier Mission Complex in Milam County, as well as the second and third sites of Mission Espíritu Santo in Victoria County. During the inaugural signing ceremony in Milam County, former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison attended and unveiled the signs in front of over 1,000 people.
By 2013, signing was underway in Zapata County and Sabine and Natchitoches Parishes in Louisiana. The Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, Jay Dardenne, performed a ribbon cutting at the first unveiling on the eastern end of the trail!
2014 saw a huge expansion in signing, as the association worked to sign trail sites and segments in San Marcos and Hays County, New Braunfels and Comal County, Floresville, and San Antonio. (Senator Hutchison unveiled the signs at our San Antonio event as well, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the designation of the trail.) Plus, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park placed signage at mission locations, which identify the missions as part of the trail, and Caddo Mounds State Historic Site placed signage at its location in Cherokee County.
This year, we are working to install signage in Robertson, Brazos, and Sabine Counties, and we envision that signs will be in the ground by the end of the year. Additionally, in 2015, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has placed signage at Goliad State Park, Mission Rosario, Mission Tejas State Park, and McKinney Falls State Park. More so, in 2016, we will be working in Nacogdoches and San Augustine Counties to install signs in those areas.
So, as you can see, there are many signing developments taking place along the trail. So whether you are along the Rio Grande, traveling the Balcones Escarpment in central Texas, or visiting Natchitoches on the Cane River, we encourage you to get out, travel the trail, and look for tell-tale signs that you are on the road!
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne takes part in an unveiling ceremony in Sabine Parish along with representatives of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association.