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December 13, 2017

Presidio – Oldest Town in America

25 NOV 1961
PRESIDIO – OLDEST TOWN IN AMERICA
near MARFA, TEXAS

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Closeup of marker

THIS IS HIDDEN TEXT

PRESIDIO
OLDEST TOWN IN AMERICA.
AT CONFLUENCE OF CONCHO AND
RIO GRANDE RIVERS
A SETTLEMENT FOR OVER 10,000 YEARS
SITE OF
FIRST RECORDED WAGON TRAIN
CROSSING INTO TEXAS
DECEMBER 10, 1582
HEADED BY ANTONIO DE ESPEJO
MARKER PLACED JOINTLY BY
TEXAS SOCIETY
CHILDREN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
TEXAS SOCIETY
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS
1961

On November 25, 1961, the historic settlement of Presidio near Marfa, Texas, was commemorated during the term of Mrs. Harry Joseph Morris as State Regent with a marker placed on the highway leading from Alpine to Marfa. The marker noted the designation of Presidio, located at the confluence of the Concho and Rio Grande Rivers, as the oldest town in America, having been the site of a settlement for more than ten thousand years. The marker also called attention to the fact that the location was the site of the first recorded wagon train crossing into Texas. The train, headed by Antonio de Espejo, reached the area on December 10, 1582. This project was a joint venture with the Texas Society of the Children Of the American Revolution.

Location: US 67, 1/2 mile East of Marfa (with Presidio County markers); Texas Historical Commission marker #8.

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TXDAC marker on left; other Texas marker on right