Eagle Pass in Maverick County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Created Feb. 2, 1856, from Kinney county. Organized July 13, 1871. Named for Texas Revolution veteran, signer of declaration of Independence, Texas Legislator Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870). The county centers in an area of dairies, farming, ranching.
Hard-travelled El Camino Real (path into Texas History for Louis St. Denis, Spanish Missionaries, Moses Austin and countless troops and settlers) crossed the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, the county seat.
Site of Spanish Mission ruins, military posts. Fort Duncan, now a military park, housed both U.S. and Confederate troops.
Erected 1965 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 3260.)
Location. 28° 42.515′ N, 100° 30.083′ W. Marker is in Eagle Pass, Texas, in Maverick County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 240) and Madison Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Maverick County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Eagle Pass TX 78852, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maverick County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Eagle Pass C.S.A. Fort Duncan (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Duncan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Duncan Infantry Barracks (approx. half a mile away).
More about this marker. Marker is a brass tablet, mounted flat on top of a large pink granite pedestal
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1. Maverick County.
The earliest record of Anglo settlement in the area of Maverick County occurred in the spring of 1834, when Dr. John Charles Beales and his Dolores colonists crossed the Rio Grande near the site of present Eagle Pass. Although direct trade with Texas was forbidden by the Mexican government following the Texas Revolution, Mexican villages near the Rio Grande continued an underground trade with San Antonio by using the Pacuache Crossing of the Rio Grande and a smuggler's trail immediately north of the Camino Real. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Etymology - Origin of Maverick County Name.
Samuel Augustus Maverick, was an early legislator and later rancher near the future county. From his name the word "maverick" entered the English lexicon due to his practice of not branding his cattle as well as his stubborn independence in refusing to do so. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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