Monahans in Ward County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Monahans Sandhills State Park and Museum
Cabeza de Vaca in 1535 and Antonio de Espejo in 1583 encountered Jumanos, historic tribe which hunted here. In 1590 Castaño de Sosa found a tribe he called Vaqueros because they lived by hunting cows (buffalo)--the tribe later called Apaches.
For more than 100 years at this stop on great Comanche War Trail extending into Mexico. Apache fought Comanche for pools of water and acorns of dwarf Shinnery oak. The California or Emigrant Trail through the Sand Hills started with the gold rush. Was first mapped in September 1849 by Capt. Randolph B. Marcy, U.S. topographical engineers, and in 1854 by Capt. John Pope, who explored a railroad route toward the Pacific Ocean.
3,000 acres of Sand Hills were designated in 1957 as a state park, after acquisition and construction of museum by Ward County. Has picnic facilities.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3434.)
Marker series. Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583, and the The Comanche Trail into Mexico marker series.
Location. 31° 37.109′ N, 102° 48.719′ W. Marker is in Monahans, Texas, in Ward County. Marker can be reached from State Highway Park Road 41 0.2 miles north of Interstate 20, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the visitor center to Monahans Sandhill State Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 E Interstate 20, Monahans TX 79756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christ The King Catholic Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ector County Discovery Well (approx. 13 miles away); Penwell (approx. 14.4 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . Monahans Sandhills State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Submitted on April 30, 2014.)
Categories. • Exploration • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Paleontology •
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