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Pegleg Crossing on the San Saba

 
 
Pegleg Crossing on the San Saba Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 3, 2010
1. Pegleg Crossing on the San Saba Marker
Inscription. Hourglass-shaped pass through the hills where McDougal Creek joins San Saba River. For years a favored Indian campground, it entered written history, 1732, as site of Spanish-Apache battle.

Saw passage of adventurers, mustang hunters, Indian fighters, German settlers, gold-seekers.

Probably named by landowner Wilhelm Harlen for one-legged land commissioner T.W. Ward.

Crossing became station on stage line. Gained notoriety for many hold-ups that occurred at "Robbers' Roost" (1 mile west). Pegleg served in later era as crossing on Great Western Cattle Trail.
 
Erected 1970 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3976.)
 
Location. 30° 52.2′ N, 99° 35.924′ W. Marker is in Menard, Texas, in Menard County. Touch for map. On SH 29 ROW, about 10 miles SE of Menard. Marker is in this post office area: Menard TX 76859, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba (approx. 8.7 miles away); Great Western Trail (approx. 11.3 miles away); "The Ditch" (approx. 11.6 miles away); Paso de la Santa Cruz
Location of Pegleg Crossing marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 3, 2010
2. Location of Pegleg Crossing marker
(approx. 11.6 miles away); Frisco Depot (approx. 11.6 miles away); Arroyo de Juan Lorenzo (approx. 12.4 miles away); Real Presidio de San Saba (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Pegleg Crossing - Handbook of Texas Online. Used by Spanish from the time of the establishment of San Sabá Mission in 1757 until the end of the colonial period. Later part of the San Antonio - El Paso mail route. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

2. Pinta Trail, Handbook of Texas Online. As part of the early Spanish route to and from the San Sabá Mission, Pegleg Crossing would have been part of the older Pinta Trail. (Submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,339 times since then and 104 times this year. Last updated on March 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on April 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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