El Camino Real de los Tejas

El Camino Real de los Tejas

October 20th at 7 pm

Austin N. Lamar store

The first travelers on the road were the Buffalo. The Caddo and other Native Americans transformed these animal paths into a network of trails used by groups who traded across the South and Southwest. When Europeans came to the area, they too followed in the footsteps of their predecessors. The Spanish soldiers, missionaries and traders called the trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas or the Royal Road of the Tejas people.

On October 20th at 7 pm, Steven Gonzales will share the fascinating history of this Spanish Colonial highway that passed through the Austin area and is now designated as a National Historic Trail. The presentation is a part of Whole Earth Provision Co.’s “Coming Home and Giving Back”, a celebration of the reopening of our North Lamar store in Austin.

El Camino Real de los Tejas

The Royal Road begins in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and runs through the Piney Woods, the Hill Country, through the arid regions of the Chihuahuan Desert, and on to Mexico City, the colonial capital of New Spain. Spanning some 2,500 miles and in use for over 300 years, segments of the historic trail are still in use as Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas.

Steven Gonzales is the Director of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. He’s working to reconstruct the route’s history and path through Texas. Traces of the trail are often difficult to detect even in untouched environments. Fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale and road construction in the San Antonio area have complicated the effort to trace the trail’s route through the state. Gonzales is also searching for the sites of the three Spanish missions established along the Colorado River in 1730.

We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm at our store at 1014 North Lamar for El Camino Real de los Tejas.