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

Site of Old Town: Lodi

 
 
Site of Old Town: Lodi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 22, 2014
1. Site of Old Town: Lodi Marker
Inscription. Community in an area known by 1720 as land of the Cayopines, a Coahuiltecan Indian tribe. The site was important to Spanish missions of San Antonio, since here along the river their herds were pastured. For the herdsmen, adobe huts were built. After the Apache Indians began to raid the area in 1731, the herdsmen took refuge across the river within the stronger walls of the Mission Cabras. The Pena brothers had Rancho San Eldifonzo del Chayopin here from 1756 to 1787, and a nephew applied for title when mission lands were secularized in 1794. However, award was made to Simon and Juan Arocha. Their neighbors (descended from Canary Island colonists of 1731) included Jose Maria Flores and Erasmus Seguin.

Stephen T. Cook settled here in 1858, putting in a store and securing office of postmaster. He may have named Lodi for a town in Mississippi, his old home state. Wilson County was organized in an election held Feb. 13, 1860. Samuel W. Barker (husband of local aristocrat Josefa Flores) became the first sheriff of the new county. Improved roads were built here.

After the Civil War, Wilson County voters on Dec. 8, 1867, designated Lodi county seat — an honor lost to Floresville in 1872. Area then reverted to ranching.
 
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker
Site of Old Town: Lodi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 22, 2014
2. Site of Old Town: Lodi Marker
Number 4866.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 29° 8.113′ N, 98° 9.906′ W. Marker is in Floresville, Texas, in Wilson County. Marker is at the intersection of Trail Street (Farm to Market Road 536) and Goliad Road, on the right when traveling south on Trail Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Floresville TX 78114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cemetery of Canary Islanders (approx. 0.9 miles away); Vicinity of site: "Mision de las Cabras" (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 22, 2014
3. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
As noted on the marker, this site was important to Spanish missions of San Antonio and lay on the Camino Real to and from San Antonio, and is now a recognized stop as part of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. Lodi marker is visible in distance, across the street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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