El Camino Real exhibit in Nac drawing lots of visitors

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Out-of-town visitors are in-town for the holidays and they are exploring the rich history the oldest town in Texas has to offer

The El Camino Real de los Tejas exhibit has stopped in Nacogdoches to share the many historical battles that have taken place and people that have traversed the Kings Highway.

Nacogdoches Visitors Bureau volunteer, George Patterson says the Kings Highway starts in Natchitoches, Louisiana and ends somewhere in Mexico.

Patterson said there's, "a lot of history is here and with Nacogdoches being the oldest town in Texas, we feel it's the key place along the route. There are a lot of historical places here in Nacogdoches that people come to see from all over the world."

El Camino Real stretches more than 2500 miles. The Spaniards and French marked the trail more than 300 years ago and many of our forefathers including Stephen F. Austin, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston also followed the trial.

"The Kings Highway was a primary route for industry, for travel from Louisiana Territory to Mexico in the 1700's, 1800's and continues now as highway 21 in this part of the state," said Patterson.

Patterson says there were a lot of battles fought along the highway including some right here in Nacogdoches.

He said, "this was a home ground for the Caddo Indians so there was a continual battle in the 16, 17, 1800's between the cowboys and Indians as we like to say."

The exhibit travels to all the different towns along the highway promoting tourism and keeping the history of the El Camino Real de los Tejas alive.

Patterson says visitors have been very interested in the exhibit. "Every day we get people from all over the country. It's fascinating to see how people hear about Nacogdoches being the oldest town in Texas."

You can check out the exhibit at the Nacogdoches Visitors Center until January 6th. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular visiting hours: M-F 9AM-5PM, Sat 10AM-4PM & Sun 1PM - 4PM