Details for Marcy Trail (Atlas Number 5329003206)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5329003206


Marker Number 3206
Atlas Number 5329003206
Marker Title Marcy Trail
Index Entry Marcy Trail
Address I-20
City Midland
County Midland
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 783206
UTM Northing 3546103
Subject Codes Exploration and expeditions; roads
Marker Year 1967
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Picnic area, westbound I-20, 1 mi. west of Loop 250 (Exit 143)
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Plotted in 1849 by a U. S. Army surveying expedition under Capt. Randolph B. Marcy. Guided by Manuel, a Comanche Indian, Marcy crossed the dreaded staked plains of West Texas, proving their feasibility for travel, and opening a new and shorter road west. Marcy's trail from Dona Ana, N. M., to Fort Smith, Ark., became a major road to the California gold fields. Later the overland stage followed it for about 125 miles and in 1881, Texas and Pacific Railroad built along part of the route. (1967)