Old Texas Ranger Trail

Old Texas Ranger Trail (HM27SJ)

Location: Bandera, TX 78003 Bandera County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 43.587', W 99° 4.403'

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This winding, 100-mile trail from San Antonio to Kerrville was, during the 19th century, a strategic patrol road traveled by Texas Rangers to protect the surrounding area from hostile Indian attacks.

During uneasy pioneer days roads such as this, regularly scouted by Rangers, helped promote early white settlement by strengthening frontier defense.

Because Bandera was located midway on the trail and because Bandera Pass, 10 miles north, frequently harbored Indian ambushers, the town became a focal point for Ranger activities along the road.

Perhaps the best-known battle to occur on the old route happened in Bandera Pass in the spring of 1841. At that time a company of 40 Texas Rangers, under intrepid Indian fighter Capt. "Jack" Hays, was on a scouting mission in the Guadalupe Mountains. Halfway through the pass, they were suddenly attacked by several hundred wild Comanches who lay hidden in the brush and behind boulders in the narrow gorge.

A bloody fight ensued, much of it hand-to-hand combat with Bowie knives; but after their chief was slain, the Indians withdrew and finally escaped. Thus the Rangers and this trail helped remove the Indian menace and open the frontier across Texas.
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HM NumberHM27SJ
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Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3823.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 492903 N 3288476
Decimal Degrees29.72645000, -99.07338333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 43.587', W 99° 4.403'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 43' 35.22" N, 99° 4' 24.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515 Main St, Bandera TX 78003, US
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