Details for Emigrant Trail (Atlas Number 5135001472)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135001472


Marker Number 1472
Atlas Number 5135001472
Marker Title Emigrant Trail
Index Entry Emigrant Trail Gateway to The West
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes roads; cattle, cattle industry topics
Marker Year 1964
Marker Location From Hwy 80 in Odessa, take US 385 North about 4.6 miles.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Road of stubborn seekers of 1849 California gold fields and better life. Bringing the old, infant, the yet unborn and all worldly goods, family wagons entered Texas at Preston, on Red River, to go southwest via springs (including some now in Monahans Sandhills Park) to Emigrants' Crossing on the Pecos, then upriver and west through Guadalupe Pass to El Paso. Old wagon parts by the trail tell of some disasters. Capt. R. B. Marcy in 1849 and Capt. John Pope in 1854 made Army surveys of the trail. It passed near this spot.