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

Marcy Trail

 
 
Marcy Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. Marcy Trail Marker
Inscription. Plotted in 1849 by a U. S. Army surveying expedition under Capt. Randolph B. Marcy. Guided by Manuel, a Comanche Indian, Marcy crossed the dreaded Staked Plains of West Texas, proving their feasibility for travel, and opening a new and shorter road west.

Marcy's trail from Dona Ana, N. M., to Fort Smith, Ark., became a major road to the California gold fields. Later the overland stage followed it for about 125 miles and in 1881, Texas and Pacific Railroad built along part of the route.
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3206.)
 
Location. 32° 0.942′ N, 102° 0.107′ W. Marker is near Midland, Texas, in Midland County. Marker is on Interstate 20 1.4 miles west of Texas Highway 250, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in west bound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Midland TX 79706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Midland County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown-Dorsey House (approx. 4.3 miles away); John Valentine Pliska (approx. 4.4 miles away); Midland's First House
Marcy Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. Marcy Trail Marker
(approx. 4.4 miles away); Site of “The Staked Plains” (approx. 4.4 miles away); Former Site of Midland National Bank (approx. 4.4 miles away); Site of Midland County's First Bank (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Yucca Theatre (approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Midland.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
I-20 westbound Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
3. I-20 westbound Rest Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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