Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

The road from Natchitoches (Nak-a-Tish), La. to Nacogdoches (Nac-a-Doe-Chus), Tex. connects two of the oldest towns in the respective states. The road through Many and Fort Jessup is the El Camino Real de los Tejas or the Royal Highway or the King’s Highway. It sounds like it could be the name of an old Bob Hope & Bing Crosby movie but was the main highway of many old stories of the Spanish – French travelers of years gone by. This road traversed the middle of the notorious “No Man’s Land”.

Buffalo had carved out the original trail and from the present curves it appears they didn’t straighten it out very much when it was paved. When the Spanish arrived in the 17th century they named the road El Camino Real. Many of our early pioneers like Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin traveled this highway. This was the road that early settlers from the Carolinas and Virginias used when they came to settle west Louisiana and Texas. They crossed over the Sabine River at Toledo Bend.

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