Near Brackettville in Kinney County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Las Moras Spring
The annals of New Spain 1590-1771 record Europeans such as Gaspar Castaño de Sosa, Fernando del Bosque, General Alonzo de Leon and Field Marshal Señor Marqués de Rubí traveling to the spring. On October 13, 1840, Republic of Texas troops under Major John T. Howard attacked and destroyed a large Comanche village here at the spring. In 1848, Texas patriot Sam Maverick claimed the spring as part of his headright survey. By the next year, travelers on the new military road from San Antonio to El Paso were using the spring as a regular resting place for wagons bound for California. Fort Clark was established on June 20, 1852. The U.S. Army walled
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17807.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 29° 18.552′ N, 100° 25.245′ W. Marker was near Brackettville, Texas, in Kinney County. Marker could be reached from Swim Park Lane west of Fort Clark Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Brackettville TX 78832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fight at Las Moras Spring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officers' Club Open Mess (about 700 feet away); 2nd Cavalry Division at Fort Clark (about 800 feet away); Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment U.S. Army Unit Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army Service Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers Quarters 2-3 and 4 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Clark Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brackettville.
More about this marker. Marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Clark Springs Association in the Fort Clark National Register Historic District and is accessible to the public.
Regarding Las Moras Spring. Marker text identifying Major John T. Howard is an unfortunate clerical error as the correct name is Major George T. Howard.
Also see . . . Friends of the Fort Clark Historic District. For more detailed information on Fort Clark please visit our Friends Group website. (Submitted on October 31, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas.)
Categories. • Environment • Exploration • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. This page has been viewed 813 times since then. Last updated on August 28, 2018, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on October 12, 2015, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2014, by William F Haenn of Fort Clark (Brackettville), Texas. 4. submitted on June 14, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.