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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Old California Trail

1849 - 1931

 
 
The Old California Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. The Old California Trail Marker
Inscription.
This tablet marks
The Old California Trail
blazed by the pioneers of '49

 
Erected 1931 by the Rebecca Crockett Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Gainesville, Texas.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, and the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 33° 37.452′ N, 97° 8.744′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is at the intersection of West California Street (Texas Route 51) and South Dixon Street, on the right when traveling east on West California Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South DIxon Street, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooke County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Barbed Wire in Cooke County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Passenger Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gainesville-Fort Sill Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862
The Old California Trail Marker on north side of Cooke County Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. The Old California Trail Marker on north side of Cooke County Courthouse.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. half a mile away); Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Regarding The Old California Trail. The Chisholm Trail, the Butterfield Stage Line, and the California Trail all passed through this area at one time, guaranteeing its longevity and strategic importance. This granite DAR marker was placed on the Fort Smith Arkansas-Choctaw Country-Texas branch of the California trail. Emigrants used this trail from 1849-1869 to head to the gold fields of California. Cattle drives used this trail to move cattle to markets in California and the west.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the 'California Road'. (Submitted on July 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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View of tablet and stone looking east on California Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. View of tablet and stone looking east on California Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on July 25, 2016.
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