Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Big Spring in Howard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Route of Marcy’s Trail

 
 
Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
1. Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker
Updated photo of marker
Inscription. Mapped by Captain Randolph B. Marcy in charge of U.S. Army detail guarding citizens bound for California Gold Rush.
Captain Marcy exploded theory that West Texas was a desert. In making his map, he traveled along a chain of springs and lakes known to Comanche guide Manuel. In October 1849, reached the Big Spring - a site marked by many converging Indian trails.
From here he went northeast toward the Red River.
Trail was later used by many emigrants, and was followed by a transcontinental railroad and stagecoach line.
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 15634.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Comanche Trail into Mexico marker series.
 
Location. 32° 13.168′ N, 101° 28.535′ W. Marker is in Big Spring, Texas, in Howard County. Marker is on Belvedere Road 0.2 miles south of Whipkey Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in the park. Located along the Comanche Trail Walking Path. Marker is in this post office area: Big Spring TX 79720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Spring State Park on Route of Old Comanche War Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); Big Spring School District
Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, circa 2000
2. Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker
Part of the "Big Spring" in background.
(approx. 2 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 2 miles away); First National Bank in Big Spring (approx. 2.2 miles away); Potton House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Settles Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); A Historical Big Spring Meat Market (approx. 2.4 miles away); Big Spring Hardware Company (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Spring.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  BGen Randolph Barnes Marcy, U.S. Army. (Submitted on May 8, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Comanche Trail
Big Spring was an important watering hole on the Comanche Trail from about 1750 to 1875. Marcy reported that paths from northeast, north and northwest converged here on the springs. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted March 7, 2012, by Richard Denney
Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
3. Route of Marcy’s Trail Marker
View of marker with historic Big Springs in background.
of Austin, Texas.

 
Additional keywords. Comanche trail, Comanche war trail
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Big Springs image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
4. Big Springs
View from other side of springs area, looking back towards location of marker.
Big Springs image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
5. Big Springs
Panorama of springs area.
Entrance to Comanche Trail Park image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 18, 2014
6. Entrance to Comanche Trail Park
Springs are located in Comanche Trail Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,062 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   2. submitted on February 13, 2010, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement