Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston...all of them legendary and iconic figures in Texas and American history.  Something else they have in common is that they all traveled on the El Camino Real.

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas has existed for more than 300 years. The Spaniards and the French who marked the trail were followed by early missionaries of multiple faiths and later by many men and women who would become the framers of Texas.  The trail is a broad series of paths that start at the border of Mexico near present-day Laredo and Eagle Pass, then it narrows as it hits of the Pineywoods of East Texas and then across the border towards Natchitoches, Louisiana.  Presently in East Texas, the El Camino Real is generally associated with Highway 21 from Crockett to the Louisiana border, and then Highway 6 to Natchitoches.

So, take that history lesson and turn it into an opportunity to explore and shop. The El Camino Real Sale on the Trail takes place this Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, along 111 miles of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas.

Along the trail, shoppers will find new and used items sold by local businesses and private individuals. If you are a shopping warrior, collector, or just looking for fun, a weekend shopping the trail is a wonderful way to take advantage of the beautiful spring scenery and historical markers along the El Camino Real de los Tejas.  Click here for an interactive map of vendors, homes, and businesses that will be participating in the Sale on the Trail.

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