Bridgeport in Wise County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Republic of Texas' Santa Fe Expedition in Wise County
The expedition had great difficulty penetrating the dense undergrowth of the western cross timbers of north central Texas. Three miles southeast of here, the men burned most of their tents, poles and other gear in order to move faster. They then forded the west fork of the Trinity River and crossed near this site mid-day on July 26, 1841. The men endured hardships and delays further west, and were captured in the fall before reaching Santa Fe. They were marched to Mexico City and imprisoned. Most were finally released in April 1842.
One of the guides who survived this expedition was Colonel William Hudson Hunt. On returning to Texas, he took up his surveying profession. He
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17309.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1842.
Location. 33° 13.37′ N, 97° 44.673′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, Texas, in Wise County. Marker is on U.S. 380, 0.1 miles east of 16th Street (State Highway 373), on the right when traveling west. The marker is located at a small roadside pullout. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgeport TX 76426, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church (approx. half a mile away); First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church Bridgeport Bridgeport Lodge No. 587, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bridgeport Coal Mines (approx. 1.4 miles away); Toll Bridge & Old Bridgeport (approx. 3 miles away); George Lafayette Ramsdale (approx. 5.6 miles away); Dr. M. W. Matthews (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgeport.
Also see . . . Texan Santa Fe Expedition.
The initiative was a major component of Lamar's ambitious plan to turn the fledgling republic into a continental power, which the President believed had to be achieved as quickly as possible to stave off the growing movement demanding the annexation of Texas to the United States. Lamar's administration had already started courting the New Mexicans, sending out a commissioner in 1840, and many Texans thought that they might be favorable to the idea of joining the Republic of Texas. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on June 16, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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