• Mission San Jose

    El Camino Real de los Tejas

    National Historic Trail TX,LA

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park
Christopher Talbot

McKinney Falls State Park, Travis County, Texas

Father Isidro Félix Esty Espinosa, with the Olivares-Aguirre expedition, first described the arroyo/río de las Garrapatas (present-day Onion Creek) in 1709. Recent research reveals that in 1716 the expedition of Domingo Ramón followed the left bank of Onion Creek along the western edge of McKinney Falls State Park to its junction with Williamson Creek. Current images clearly document the rock indentations that resulted from extensive use of the area.

Time period: 1700–1800s
Ownership: Public (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

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Did You Know?

Daughters of the American Revolution granite marker sits on El Camino Real de los Tejas

Throughout the 19th century, portions of El Camino Real de los Tejas, now a national historic trail, became known as the Old San Antonio Road and were used as immigration routes for people coming from the United States.