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Near Alto in Cherokee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Zebulon Pike Campsite

 
 
Zebulon Pike Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, July 28, 2018
1. Zebulon Pike Campsite Marker
Inscription.  In 1807, under commission from Gen. James Wilkinson, Governor of the Louisiana Territory, Lt. Zebulon Pike led an expedition to explore the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red Rivers and to report on Spanish settlements in the New Mexico area. Heading south from present Colorado, where the party saw the mountain later named Pike's Peak for the expedition's leader, they were arrested by Spanish authorities. Under escort back to the United States, the party camped near this site on June 23, 1807. The Pike expedition furnished an important account of Spanish Texas and New Mexico.
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6962.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1807.
 
Location. 31° 35.94′ N, 95° 9.05′ W. Marker is near Alto, Texas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on County Road 2907, 0.4 miles west of State Highway 21, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the El Camino Real De Los Tejas section of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 1649 State Highway 21 West, Alto TX 75925, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. El Camino Real de los Tejas (a few steps from this marker); Famous and Infamous Journeys (a few steps from this marker); A Welcome Rest (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waystation for Travelers and Traders (about 400 feet away); Travel Encounters (about 500 feet away); Burial Mound (about 500 feet away); Natural Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Low Platform Mound (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alto.
 
Also see . . .  Pike, Zebulon Montgomery - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
 
Zebulon Pike Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, July 28, 2018
2. Zebulon Pike Campsite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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