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Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North
January 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
This month author Gary Pinkerton will join us to discuss his book, Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North. The trace initially served as a smugglers’ route in the early 1800s, but it later became an important road for immigration into Texas from Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. In fact, many well-known historical figures traveled to Texas along this route including Sam Houston and David Crockett. The story of Trammel’s Trace is rowdy enough, but Pinkerton will also introduce you to Nicholas Trammell, the trail’s namesake, a man whose legacy is clouded in myth as a smuggler, gambler, and alleged outlaw.
Gary Pinkerton has been an independent researcher of East Texas since his childhood. He has authored two books, Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North and True Believers: Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake. Additionally, his work has been included in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the Handbook of Texas, and the Journal of Diving History, a publication of the Historical Diving Society. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the East Texas Historical Association.