A Photographic Journey of the Trail
You are about to travel 2,500 miles, from Mission San Juan Bautista Guerrero, Mexico to Fort St. Jean Baptiste Nachitoches Parish, Natchitoches, Louisiana—all along El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail—experiencing the trail through 30 selected images.
Christopher Talbot, Professor of Photography at Stephen F. Austin State University, took over 300 images, 30 of which were selected for this traveling exhibit. "I have always been interested in landscape and man's connection to it. When I learned that a segment of the historic El Camino Real passes through my property, I was drawn to learn about the road and to photograph its remnants. As I got to know the trail, I came to realize what an amazing piece of history it is. The overlapping historic and modern uses of the trail are the subject of this work." said Talbot.
This exhibit was made possible through the Challenge Cost Share Program in cooperation with Stephen F. Austin State University.
The photo journey starts in Mexico, travels across Texas, and ends in northwest Louisiana.
Did You Know?
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.