“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Camino Real

The Camino Real Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. The Camino Real Marker
Inscription.  For more than 200 years the Camino Real, or Royal Road, was the major route for transporting commercial goods from Mexico City and Chihuahua to Santa Fe and Taos. First traveled by Juan de Oñate during his 1598 expedition to New Mexico, the Camino Real followed the San Elizario, Socorro, and Ysleta Road, crossed the Rio Grande west of present downtown El Paso, and continued north into New Mexico. When the Rio Grande was established as the U. S. - Mexico boundary in 1848, this section of the old Camino Real became part of the United States.
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 645 or 647.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1598.
Location. 31° 35.119′ N, 106° 16.384′ W. Marker is in San Elizario, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Elizario Road and Church Street. Marker is located at
San Elizario Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
2. San Elizario Memorial Plaza
The Camino Real Marker is the second marker on the left.
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the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1521 San Elizario Road, San Elizario TX 79849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Thanksgiving (here, next to this marker); Salt War (here, next to this marker); Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (here, next to this marker); San Elizario Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583 (here, next to this marker); San Elizario (here, next to this marker); Juan de Onate Expedition - 1598 (here, next to this marker); Los Portales (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Elizario.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on June 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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