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Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Las Moras Spring

 
 
Las Moras Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kit Bertelsen, October 9, 2015
1. Las Moras Spring Marker
Inscription. As the ninth largest springs in Texas and the largest springs in Kinney County, Las Moras Spring is significant due to its location and invaluable natural resources. Moras, meaning “mulberries” in one Spanish translation, refer to the mulberry trees found along Las Moras bank. The spring discharges an average of 12-14 million gallons per day. Archaeological objects such as flint points and burned-rock middens demonstrated that prehistoric people frequented Las Moras. In historic periods, the area was occupied by Coahuiltecan Indians, hunter-gatherer tribes in the Lower Pecos region, Apache, and Comanche. These groups stopped at Las Moras Spring while on trails into Mexico.

The annals of New Spain 1590-1771 record Europeans such as Gaspar Castaño de Sosa, Fernando del Bosque, General Alonzo de Leon and Field Marshal Señor Marqués de Rubí traveling to the spring. On October 13, 1840, Republic of Texas troops under Major John T. Howard attacked and destroyed a large Comanche village here at the spring. In 1848, Texas patriot Sam Maverick claimed the spring as part of his headright survey. By the next year, travelers on the new military road from San Antonio to El Paso were using the spring as a regular resting place for wagons bound for California. Fort Clark was established on June 20, 1852. The U.S. Army walled
Las Moras Spring Marker Location. Spring is to the right of the marker image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, October 29, 2014
2. Las Moras Spring Marker Location. Spring is to the right of the marker
the spring pond in 1902 and created a swimming pool fed by the spring. The present pool was constructed for the Army in 1939 through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and is the largest ever built on any post. Las Moras Spring, supporting over 11,000 years of human life, demonstrates the role of ecology in Texas’ development.
Marker is property of the state of Texas

 
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17807.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
 
Location. 29° 18.552′ N, 100° 25.245′ W. Marker is near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker can be reached from Swim Park Lane west of Fort Clark Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fight at Las Moras Spring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Club Open Mess (about 700 feet away); 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark (about 800 feet away); Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment
Las Moras Spring and post swimming pool, Fort Clark Historic District. image. Click for full size.
circa 1989
3. Las Moras Spring and post swimming pool, Fort Clark Historic District.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Army Unit Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army Service Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Clark Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brackettville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Clark Springs Association in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of the Fort Clark Historic District. For more detailed information on Fort Clark please visit our Friends Group website. (Submitted on October 31, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentExplorationNative Americans
 
Las Moras Spring Swimming Pool image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
4. Las Moras Spring Swimming Pool
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.   2, 3. submitted on , by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.   4. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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