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Near Rocksprings in Edwards County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mackenzie Trail

(Merged at this Point Into SH 55)

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
1. Mackenzie Trail Marker
Inscription.  When the U.S. Army built Forts Clark (70 mi. SW) and McKavett (90 mi. NE) in 1852, this frontier trail connected the posts. After Fort Concho was established in 1867, the trail was extended farther north, to present San Angelo. It was later named for Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie, the 1873 commander of Fort Clark, who traveled it in his campaigns against hostile Indians. One of its landmarks was Mackenzie Lake (6.5 mi. N), which furnished water for the troops, for cattle drives up the trail, for settlers, and for Texas Rangers on frontier patrols.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3182.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRoads & VehiclesWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 30° 4.58′ N, 100° 21.089′ W. Marker is near Rocksprings, Texas, in Edwards County. Marker is on State Highway 55 9.3 miles north of U.S. 377, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocksprings TX 78880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Mackenzie Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, November 28, 2020
2. Mackenzie Trail Marker
flies. Site of Rocksprings' First School Building (approx. 9.4 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 9˝ miles away); Headquarters, American Angora Goat Breeders' Assn. (approx. 9˝ miles away); Gilmer Hotel (approx. 9˝ miles away); Rocksprings Telephone Company (approx. 9˝ miles away); Edwards County Courthouse (approx. 9˝ miles away); Edwards County (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Sesquicentennial Committee Erects This Marker (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocksprings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 23 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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