Place

Lobanillo Swales

A dense forest of lush green vegetation with an eroded channel in the leaf-covered ground.
You can see trail remnants at Lobanillo Swales.

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Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Trailhead

A state historic marker in nearby Geneva says that the historic Spanish rancho known as El Lobanillo was located nearby. The rancho included the pueblo of Gil Y'Barbo (1729-1809), a refuge used by his ailing mother and other refugees in 1773 when Spain evacuated colonists from western Louisiana and East Texas. It was given as a land grant to Juan Ignacio Pifermo in 1794, and inherited in the early 1800s by John Maximillian (ca. 1778-1866).

Site Information

Two sets of deep and parallel swales extend about one-quarter mile through the forest. One set of swales has seven parallel ruts reaching a depth of 18 feet and 12 feet wide. The quiet surroundings and tall pine trees give a sense of what the area was like hundreds of years ago.

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More site information

El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail Association

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Last updated: November 29, 2021