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Near Ledbetter in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gotcher Trace

(Also written Goacher, Gocher, Gotier, Goucher)

 
 
Gotcher Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, June 4, 2015
1. Gotcher Trace Marker
Inscription. Opened about 1828 by James Gotcher from Alabama, a settler on Rabb's Creek in present Lee County, as route from San Felipe, in Stephen F. Austin's original colony, to Bastrop in second or "little" colony. A short, exposed route to the upper settlements, this trace shared with nearby Wilbarger Trace the title of "via Dolorosa" of early Texas, as both were marked by tragedies.

Gotcher moved to this area, and in 1836 six people of his family were killed and several captured during an Indian attack.

At this point the trace is crossed by a 20th century road.
 
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2232.)
 
Location. 30° 7.622′ N, 96° 47.529′ W. Marker is near Ledbetter, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1291 1.7 miles south of U.S. 290, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ledbetter TX 78946, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wandke House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Early Texas Hotels and Inns (approx. 7.2 miles away); Round Top Community (approx. 7.2 miles away);
Location of Gotcher Trace Marker, looking south on FM 1291. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, June 4, 2015
2. Location of Gotcher Trace Marker, looking south on FM 1291.
Samuel Knight Lewis (approx. 7.7 miles away); Nassau Plantation (approx. 9.3 miles away); James Goucher (approx. 9.3 miles away); Winedale Stagecoach Inn (approx. 9 miles away); Oldenburg (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Gotier's Trace article in Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on June 22, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. Roads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2015, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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