Gary L. Pinkerton Author of Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North

Compiled by Carla Bass – Staff Writer/PhotographerThe Marion County Historical Commission and the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum are hosting an evening with Gary L. Pinkerton, author of Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North. will discuss his book, giving special attention to the Marion County portion of the road.


This historical and educational presentation will be held at the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum on the 2nd floor at 223 Austin St. in Jefferson on February 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.


Gary L. Pinkerton is a native East Texan from Longview, and an independent researcher now living in Houston, Texas.


When he learned that Trammel’s Trace crossed family land near Mt. Enterprise, Texas, he began the research which led to this book. He and fellow “rut nuts” also pursue locating remains of the 200-yearold road on the ground by working with interested landowners across seven counties.


Trammel’s Trace, named for Nicholas Trammell, was the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas. From the Great Bend of the Red River it intersected with El Camino Real de los Tejas in Nacogdoches. By the early nineteenth century, Trammel’s Trace was largely a smuggler’s trail that delivered horses and contraband into the region. It was a microcosm of the migration, lawlessness, and conflict that defined the period.


By the 1820’s, as Mexico gained independence from Spain, smuggling declined as Anglo immigration became the primary…

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