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Bandera in Bandera County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Texas Ranger Trail

 
 
Old Texas Ranger Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, May 23, 2018
1. Old Texas Ranger Trail Marker
Inscription. This winding, 100-mile trail from San Antonio to Kerrville was, during the 19th century, a strategic patrol road traveled by Texas Rangers to protect the surrounding area from hostile Indian attacks.

During uneasy pioneer days roads such as this, regularly scouted by Rangers, helped promote early white settlement by strengthening frontier defense.

Because Bandera was located midway on the trail and because Bandera Pass, 10 miles north, frequently harbored Indian ambushers, the town became a focal point for Ranger activities along the road.

Perhaps the best-known battle to occur on the old route happened in Bandera Pass in the spring of 1841. At that time a company of 40 Texas Rangers, under intrepid Indian fighter Capt. "Jack" Hays, was on a scouting mission in the Guadalupe Mountains. Halfway through the pass, they were suddenly attacked by several hundred wild Comanches who lay hidden in the brush and behind boulders in the narrow gorge.

A bloody fight ensued, much of it hand-to-hand combat with Bowie knives; but after their chief was slain, the Indians withdrew and finally escaped. Thus the Rangers and this trail helped remove the Indian menace and open the frontier across Texas.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Old Texas Ranger Trail Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, May 23, 2018
2. Old Texas Ranger Trail Marker Area
3823.)
 
Location. 29° 43.587′ N, 99° 4.403′ W. Marker is in Bandera, Texas, in Bandera County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 16) and Pecan Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 Main St, Bandera TX 78003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain Jack Phillips (here, next to this marker); Bandera County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Montel C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Huffmeyer Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bandera County (approx. half a mile away); Bandera Pass (approx. 9.4 miles away); One Mile to Ruins of Camp Verde (approx. 11.7 miles away); Penateka Comanches (approx. 11.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bandera.
 
Also see . . .  Texas Rangers. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on May 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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