Horsehead Crossing, C.S.A.
During the Civil War, 1861-1865, used by wagons hauling highly valuable salt scooped from bed of nearby Juan Cordona Lake, to meet Texas scarcities. Also scene of spying and counter spying of Federal and Confederates watching Overland Trail. Federals, operating out of El Paso, feared invasion by way of Horsehead. Confederates several times threw back armies that sought to enter the state in order to deploy along the old Overland Trail and conquer north and west Texas.
Later this became important crossing for cattle on Goodnight-Loving trail, mapped in 1866.
Erected 1965 by Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2567.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
Location. 31° 5.828′ N, 102° 20.257′ W. Marker is near Crane, Texas, in Crane County. Marker is on U.S. 67/385, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located south of Crane in Crane County but is closest to McCamey, several miles southwest near the Pecos River. Marker is in this post office area: Crane TX 79731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River (approx. 12.7 miles away); Castle Mountain (was approx. 13½ miles away but has been reported missing. ).
1. Horse Head Crossing
This is the most historical spot in Texas where nothing but a granite marker has been set in place. Please do not litter as this is hallowed ground.Visit here and know that you are in a very special place.
Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 917 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photo 1. submitted on February 26, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.