Bandera Pass north of Bandera, Texas
April 18 - 22, 2007.
We are staying in the Kerrville Schreiner City Park in Kerrville. A few years ago this was Kerrville Schreiner State Park. It is located on the Guadalupe River in the city limits of Kerrville on SR-173 one of the two highways between Kerrville and Bandera. Our site is FHU costing $15 per-night plus a $5 entrance fee (annual fee is only $25) so is insignificant if spending more than a few days.
Bandera Pass in the Hill Country of Texas
Bandera Pass is located between Kerrville and Bandera on SR-173 near Camp Verde. In the old days this pass was a well know spot, however, with modern highways making things so easy it is something that could easily be passed without much note. After stopping to read this Texas roadside history marker we realized the significance of Bandera Pass. It was at this point that Joyce took the picture to commemorate crossing Bandera Pass.
Bandera Pass between Kerrville & Bandera, Texas
We note with interest that the United States Army followed this route through the "mountains" that are today referred to as "hills" as in the Hill Country of Texas.
Bandera Pass on the "Great Western Trail"
Bandera Pass was a pass on the "Great Western Trail". In Bandera there is a Restaurant named the OST for Old Spanish Trail Restaurant. We were familiar with the OST but this is the first time I can recall mention of a "Great Western Trail". I am going to have to research the Great Western Trail and see what it connected and what role it played in history. Anyone want to help with my education? VBG
During the Civil War Camp Verde was occupied by Confederate forces, and the pass was guarded by local minutemen and vigilantes to intercept carriers of contraband and livestock rustlers.Bandera Pass was used for centuries by the Indians, but it did not come under white control until the period of the Republic of Texas. In 1843, control of the pass was firmly established by The Battle of Bandera Pass between the Comanches and a band of Texas Rangers led by John Coffee Hays.
Bandera Pass was heavily used in the 1850s by a steady stream of soldiers and new settlers. It was also used by freighters traveling between a lumber camp named Bandera on the Medina River and the new cavalry post of Camp Verde a few miles north of the pass on Verde Creek.
Bandera Pass was an historic portal through the mountains separating the Medina and Guadalupe river valleys near the present border of Kerr and Bandera counties. Known as Puerto de la Bandera, or Gorge of the Flag, the pass was used for centuries by Indians and later European soldiers, settlers, and explorers. In the early 18 th century, Spanish soldiers battled here for three days with Apaches, hoping to curtail their frequent raids on San Antonio. Maps of the early 1800s indicate a large Apache ranchería north of the pass. It was also indicated as the terminal point of an Old Comanche Trail from Nacogdoches.
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