Gaines-Oliphant House, Sabine County, Texas
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Oliphant House was built in 1818 and is one of the earliest pre-Republic, Anglo structures in Texas. The log house is the only surviving structure of James Gaines’ large plantation and ferry/tavern enterprise on the Sabine River crossing of El Camino Real de los Tejas. Gaines built the house for his in-laws.
Time period: 1800s
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Journals kept by early travelers on El Camino Real de los Tejas, a national historic trail, contain a wealth of information about the indigenous people they encountered, as well as the landscape, topography, plants, and animals. The Spaniards assigned place names to rivers, crossings, and campsites.