The Archaeological Potential Of The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail

Author(s): Russell K. Skowronek; Rolando Garza

Year: 2016


In 2015 the "Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail" ( ) opened in South Texas. Spearheaded by the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program of the University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley with federal, state and local partners it is the only trail in Texas dedicated to the era of the American Civil War.  The trail connects Brownsville on the Gulf of Mexico with Laredo some 200 miles up the Rio Grande.  It includes battlefields, forts, and historic buildings and long vanished town sites, a salt-mine, and sites associated with the south-bound "underground railroad."  With the exception of metal detector and remote sensing surveys at Palmito Ranch and Fort Brown no formal excavations have been conducted on ANY sites dating from this era.  In this presentation we explore the potential for this research along the Rio Grande.

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The Archaeological Potential Of The Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail. Russell K. Skowronek, Rolando Garza. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434668)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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