Near Sheffield in Crockett County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Chihuahua Trail and Escondido Water Hole
One of the landmarks along the Chihuahua Trail in this part of western Texas was Escondido ("Hidden") water hole, seven miles southeast of Fort Lancaster. A small, deep well in the side of a rugged canyon, this water source was very hard to find, but saved the lives of many travelers. However, it is flanked by rock cairns marking the graves of some who died near the water hole of accidents or disease.
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4758.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. Touch for map. This marker is located in the TXDOT picnic area overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield TX 79781, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Government Road (here, next to this marker); Howard's Well (a few steps from this marker); Ruins of Fort Lancaster (approx. 1.6 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker was originally placed at the Fort Lancaster Visitor's Center. It was missing for several years and has now been installed at the State Hwy 280 TXDOT picnic area overlook.
Regarding The Chihuahua Trail and Escondido Water Hole. The sites described by marker are many miles away. Fort Lancaster is located in the Pecos River valley far below the overlook. On a clear day the post flag is visible.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.