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Trammel’s Trace – the First Road from Texas to the North - Gary Pinkerton

Gary Pinkerton
The February meeting of the Houston Archeological Society will be held on Thursday, February 18th via ZOOM. Historian and author Gary Pinkerton will present a program based on his acclaimed book, Trammel’s Trace – The First Road from Texas to the North. HAS members will receive a link to the ZOOM meeting shortly. The program will start at 7:00 but we will open the meeting at 6:30 to offer everyone 30 minutes to socialize.

In this program Gary will discuss Trammel’s Trace - The First Road to Texas from the North, which is the history of a 200-year-old road and its role in early smuggling and migration into Texas beginning in the early 1800s. Both the trail and its namesake, Nicholas Trammell, are the subject of his research. This award-winning work was published in 2016 by Texas A&M University Press (

Trammels Trace map

Trammels Trace ran from the Red River to Nacogdoches where it met the Camino Real de los Téjas, and was the first road to Texas from the northern boundary with the United States. It was an early trail for the Caddo and later used for migration from Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee before Texas became a Republic.

HPraise for the book has been broad. The President of the Texas Historical Foundation said, “through research, countless presentations to local historical organizations, and one-on-one education of landowners, he has reconnected Trammel’s Trace and brought the historic pathway back into current consciousness.” As a result of his research and his efforts to educate others about the old road, the Stone Fort Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas erected a five-foot granite marker for Trammel’s Trace in Nacogdoches in 2018.

Pinkerton has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. As an independent researcher and Human Resources consultant he contributes to diverse projects. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the East Texas Historical Association. His work also appears in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the online Handbook of Texas, the Portal to Texas History, and the Journal of Diving History.

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HAS Journal No. 142 is now available. The Journal Number 142, the third publication of the Houston Archeological Society in 2020, does not have a specific theme, but it contains 10 papers about various aspects of Texas archeology covering the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, Late Prehistoric, and Historic periods. In additional, there are three short papers by prominent HAS members, Dr. Liz Coon-Nguyen, Valdemar Phoenix, Louis Aulbach, and Linda Gorski, on how they became avocational archeologists. These four papers are the lead articles in this issue of The Journal and are meant to demonstrate the many and varied routes most of us have taken to become interested in the field of archeology.Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

The Carrollton Phase Archaic: A Redefinition of the Chronology, Composition and Aerial Distribution of the Early Archaic Horizon Along the Trinity River, Texas NOW AVAILABLE

Report #35 The Carrollton Phase Archaic: A Redefinition of the Chronology, Composition and Aerial Distribution of the Early Archaic Horizon Along the Trinity River, Texas by Wilson "Dub" Crook. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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