Details for Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River (Atlas Number 5371002564)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5371002564


Marker Number 2564
Atlas Number 5371002564
Marker Title Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River
Index Entry Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River
Address FM 11, about 11 mi. NW of Girvin
City Girvin
County Pecos
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 739697
UTM Northing 3458371
Subject Codes exploration and expeditions; roads; stagecoach routes, stands, etc.; water topics
Marker Year 1936
Marker Location From Grivin, about 11 1/2 miles NW on FM 11 to Marked CR, about 4 miles N on CR to Marker
Marker Size 1936 Centennial - Subject Marker (gray granite)
Marker Text Here crossed the undated Comanche Trail from Llano Estacado to Mexico in 1850 John R. Bartlett while surveying the Mexican boundary found the crossing marked by skulls of horses; hence the name "Horse Head", the Southern Overland Mail (Butterfield), route, St. Louis to San Francisco, 1858-1861, and the road west from Fort Concho crossed here. The Goodnight-Loving trail, established in 1866 and trod by tens of thousands of Texas longhorns, came here and turned up east bank of the Pecos for Fort Summer and into Colorado.