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Santiago del Valle Grant

 
 
Santiago Del Valle Grant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 7, 2009
1. Santiago Del Valle Grant Marker
Inscription. McKinney Falls State Park lies in the center of an early Texas land grant that originally fell within the empresario contract of Texian hero Ben Milam.

Ten leagues of land were transferred in 1832 to Santiago del Valle, who at that time was secretary of the Mexican government of Coahuila y Texas and had previously served as a member of the Mexican Congress.

In 1835 Del Valle sold nine leagues of his land to Michel Menard, who in 1838 helped found the town of Galveston.

Thomas F. McKinney, one of the Menard's business associates, purchased the Del Valle grant in 1839. His family probably was the first of the property owners to live on the land, which they began to occupy during the late 1840s. McKinney had sold all but approximately 2,800 acres of the land by the time of his death in 1873.

The lands within the Santiago del Valle grant remained primarily agricultural during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Communities such as Bluff Springs, Pilot Knob, Creedmoor, and Del Valle began to develop during this period. While the northern part of the Del Valle grant has become increasingly urbanized, the southern portion remains largely rural, and is preserved in this State Park.
 
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Marker series.
McKinney Falls State Park Visitor Center in distance image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 7, 2009
2. McKinney Falls State Park Visitor Center in distance
This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 30° 10.999′ N, 97° 43.496′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Located in parking lot of visitor center, McKinney Falls State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Onion Creek Lodge 220, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 2.8 miles away); Pilot Knob (was approx. 2.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Doyle Farm (approx. 3 miles away); Cementerio Mexicano de Maria de la Luz (approx. 3.3 miles away); Boggy Creek Masonic Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Original Skyline Club Sign (approx. 3.5 miles away); Fort Magruder, C.S.A (approx. 3.7 miles away); Saint Edward’s University Main Building (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .
1. McKinney Falls State Park, Wikipedia article. Historical marker is located at the McKinney Falls State Park vistor center. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Camino Del Norte. The full title of this book says it all: "Camino Del Norte: How a Series of Watering Holes, Fords, And Dirt Trails Evolved into Interstate 35 in Texas". McKinney Falls was one of those watering holes on one branch of the Camino Real through Texas. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

3. Casas Reales, San Antonio. Lying on the Camino Real, McKinney Falls would have been connected to this site, also on the Camino Real. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

4. Caddo Mounds, Alto, Texas. Lying on the Camino Real, McKinney Falls would have been connected to this site, also on the Camino Real. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

5. Texas Stagecoaches, Nacogdoches. Lying on the Camino Real, McKinney Falls would have been connected to this site, also on the Camino Real. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

6. Ancient Mound, Nacogdoches. Lying on the Camino Real, McKinney Falls would have been connected to this site, also on the Camino Real. (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional keywords. Camino Real de Tejas
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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