La Bahia Road

La Bahia Road (HMIHE)

Location: Brenham, TX 77833 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.537', W 96° 28.665'

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One of the first overland routes used by European explorers of Texas, La Bahia Road was originally an east-west Indian trail in southeastern Texas and Louisiana. Earlier it may have been an animal trail. Although not as famous, or long, as El Camino Real (the San Antonio Road), La Bahia is probably older and it figured quite importantly in the movement of explorers, soldiers, traders, and settlers across Texas. Possibly the first European to set foot on the road was La Salle, who explored for France in this area during 1685-87. Almost certainly it was traveled by the Spaniard Alonso De Leon, who searched for the French intruders in 1689. From 1812 on, the trail and its westernmost town, La Bahia (now Goliad), served agents of both war and peace. The Gutierrez-Magee Expedition, part of Mexico's revolt against Spain, used the road in 1812-13. In 1821 the first Anglo-American colonists in Texas, the vanguard of the "Old 300", came down La Bahia into this area. During the 1836 Texas Revolution, the road found use by troops of the Texan army; Col. James Fannin and his 400 men were massacred near the road—in Goliad. In the 20th century, La Bahia's route helped surveyors map modern Texas highways.
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HM NumberHMIHE
Series This marker is part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series
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Year Placed1971
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:42am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 742628 N 3352020
Decimal Degrees30.27561667, -96.47775000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.537', W 96° 28.665'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 32.22" N, 96° 28' 39.90" W
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Area Code(s)979, 936, 512, 469
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9-15 Farm to Market Rd 390 E, Brenham TX 77833, US
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