Big Lake in Reagan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Explored the Concho River, 32 miles north of here, gathering information on Jumano Indians and searching for pearls, 1650.
Setting out from Santa Fe, Capts. Hernan Martin and Diego del Castillo traveled about 600 miles to the Jumano territory, where they stayed for 6 months.
Further travels took them to the edge of the Texas nation, where they obtained the first information definitely about the tribe that gave Texas its name. The "discoveries" of their journey -- pearls and the Texas nation -- sparked later important Spanish expeditions to East Texas.
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3232.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical year for this entry is 1650.
Location. 31° 11.486′ N, 101° 27.698′ W. Marker is in Big Lake, Texas, in Reagan County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 67 and North Main Street, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 67. Marker is located in front of the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John H. Reagan (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named John H. Reagan (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); City of Big Lake (approx. one mile away); Stiles Cemetery (approx. 14.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.