I love the stories of the old cattle trails that cowboys used beginning in the mid-1800s to drive longhorns from all across Texas to the rail heads further north, but there are trails even older.
The Pinta Trail is at least a century older, used by native Texans who traveled from San Antonio to Presidio San Saba (which was founded in 1757).
Our family lives less than 5 miles from the trail route. We like to drive along it on modern roads and think what it must have been like when the Indians and early settlers used it. Many modern Texas roads twist and turn because road builders basically paved the old trails. Think about that. Don’t trailblazers choose the most direct route with fewest obstructions? Then towns spring up along the routes where there’s a good supply of water, and people travel the trails that take them to those towns. The needs then and now are the same. It’s just our mode of transportation–and the speed of “getting there”–that’s changed!
Can you think of other historic trails that have become modern roads? Comment below or just go exploring! I can practically guarantee that there’s a historic trail that’s been paved near you!