Planting History

stone structure with wooden balconies, green grass in foreground, blue skies
Old Stone Fort was built by Antonio Gil Y’Barbo around 1779 as a market/storage area for Nacogdoches, Texas. This trading post replica stands at Stephen F. Austin State University. They have a demonstration garden of El Camino Real plants from the past that still exists in gardens and on your plate!

Christopher Talbot

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail extends 2,580 miles across Texas and into northwest Louisiana, while the historic trail extended all the way to Mexico City. The trail began as footpaths etched by native traders as they exchanged goods. Spanish colonists carved it deeper with caravans of vehicles, livestock, and people traveling north to settle. Today, the trail that began as a scuff in the earth is a bustling highway in some places and a preserved trail in others. Visit museums, historic sites, missions, presidios, and original trail segments located along the length of the trail. 

As you travel the trail, just think that colonizers brought seeds and plants from Mexico City starting in 1680 that Americans still use today. The chocolate on your birthday cake, the corn in your breakfast cereal, and the pumpkin decorating your doorstep in October all trace their origins to places along El Camino Real de los Tejas!

Follow these links to see how you can travel the trail and connect Tejas history to your life. Plan Your Visit / Places To Go / Multimedia

States: Texas and Louisiana

Last updated: October 20, 2015