Some people take a journey to achieve a goal. For others, the journey is the goal. Such is the case with the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. This organization works to preserve the history of a historic trail that led across the state of Texas. According to their site, “The El Camino Real del los Tejas National Historic Trail was originally established to connect a series of missions and posts between Monclova, Mexico and Los Adaes, the first capital of the province of Texas (in what is now northwestern Louisiana). It constituted the only primary overland route from the Rio Grande to the Red River Valley in Lousiana during the Spanish Colonial Period from 1690 – 1821.”
Today, the association encourages travel along the historic routes (there are four trails in all) I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Gonzales, the Executive Director of the association, at McKinney Falls State Park, where we both exhibiting our projects. Coincidentally, the historic Burnt Oak in San Antonio, one of the stars of Living Witness, is located on the Camino Real. A historic plaque commemorates the trail at the base of the tree. So in this case, our paths cross-literally.
To learn more about this group and their efforts to preserve an important and historic part of our history and how you can help, visit their website here.