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San Felipe in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Early Roads To San Felipe

 
 
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By Steve Henderson, May 27, 2011
1. Early Roads To San Felipe Marker
Inscription.  During the mid-1820's, When Stephen F. Austin was founding this town, the only roads in the area were wagon ruts or beaten trails marked by notched trees. Within a decade, however, the village of San Felipe, one of the first Anglo settlements in Texas, had become a hub from which 8 or more roads projected.

Many of these were small, intra-colony routes, but the main trails extended to major towns or joined “highways”, such as the San Antonio Road (El Camino Real). A main route which passed through San Felipe was the Atascosita Road, connecting Goliad with the United States. It took its name from Atascosa (Spanish for “Boggy”) Spring near Liberty, which once was its main terminus. The Gotier Trace, another travel artery, was laid out about 1830 by pioneer James Gotier. It joined the Northern and Southern parts of Austin's Colony and was used for decades. The San Felipe Road proper, which ran to Harrisburg, transported goods inland from the Gulf Coast.

Even the main thoroughfares, however, were dusty trails in the summer and impassable quagmires in the winter, often flooded by knee-deep water. Not until
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By Richard Denney, August 18, 2018
2. Early Roads To San Felipe Marker
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well into the 20th Century did Texas begin to develop her present, outstanding highway system.
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11707.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 29° 48.425′ N, 96° 5.86′ W. Marker is in San Felipe, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Farm to Market 1458 0.2 miles north of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Felipe TX 77473, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Fuller Austin (a few steps from this marker); John Bricker (a few steps from this marker); Remembering San Felipe de Austin (a few steps from this marker); San Felipe de Austin Town Site (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to San Felipe de Austin (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); San Felipe de Austin Colonial Well (within shouting distance
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By Steve Henderson, May 27, 2011
3. Stephen Fuller Austin monument
of this marker); Austin's Colony: First Colony in Mexican Texas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Felipe.
 
Also see . . .  The Colonial Capital of Texas. Friends of the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site (Submitted on June 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
San Felipe well tablet image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, May 27, 2011
4. San Felipe well tablet
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 24, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas.   2. submitted on August 20, 2018, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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