El Camino Real, a Native American Trail

By: ralphbarrera

Jan 02 2009


Category: Photojournalism

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Focal Length:200mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

 These horses graze in a pasture along Old Bastrop Highway east of San Marcos Friday in the misty morning. Old Bastrop Highway is part of the El Camino Real, a historic roadway located in Texas and Louisiana, parts of which were based on traditional Native American trails. In 1690 Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon, following various Indian and buffalo trails, crossed the Rio Grande on his way to East Texas to establish missions effectively blazing the Old San Antonio Road. That road becomes Old Bastrop Highway as it traverses eastern Bastrop and Caldwell counties. 


This historical marker of the trail is at the intersection of Old Bastrop Highway and Highway 80 east of San Marcos.


A bison rests in a field along U.S. Highway 183 near the Highway 21 intersection.

photos by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


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