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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Texas Tropical Trail Region Records



Collection Summary

Creator Texas Tropical Trail Board of Directors
Title Texas Tropical Trail Region Records
Dates: 2002-2013
Abstract: This collection is the Texas Historical Commission’s Project: Texas Heritage Trails Program Records dating from 2002 to 2013. The South Texas Region, Tropical Trail Region, covers 20 counties including the Gulf Coast from South Padre Island to Refugio to the Brush Country from George West to Cotulla and Brownsville, all-encompassing the Wild Horse Desert in the heart of the region which includes Hebbronville and Falfurrias. The records reflect the site visits to this region.
Identification A2014-058
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Tropical%20Trails%20EAD
Quantity: 4 linear foot
Location: I-11-3 and I11-4, Boxes 1-6 and STAD Photo File A2014-058 and Media Storage A2014-058
Language: English

Historical Note

Located in the state’s southernmost region, the Texas Tropical Trail Region covers 20 counties, 23,000 square miles, and is home to 1.7 million residents. For over 200 miles in both directions, the Tropical Trail borders the nation of Mexico along the Border Byway and the Gulf of Mexico along the Gulf Coast Byway. The region boasts a variety of experiences including diverse cuisine, music, nature, history, culture, and architecture. Historic sites include battlegrounds, architecture, museums, lighthouses, and landmarks. For the adventurous, the region offers beachcombing, hiking, hunting, camping, golfing, boating, fishing, and a wide variety of water sports. Nature lovers can take in birding, wildlife preserves, ranches, sanctuaries, and wetlands. And the mild weather is perfect year-round for multicultural and historic events and festivals. The organization promotes heritage travel. The Texas Tropical Trail Region’s unique attributes and resources will be preserved and developed to create a strong economic impact in our communities. The Texas Tropical Trail Region and its partners identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the natural, historic, and cultural resources of South Texas. The THTP is based around 10 scenic driving trails created in 1968 by Gov. John Connally and the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation) as a marketing tool. The trails were established in conjunction with the HemisFair, an international exposition that commemorated the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. In 1997, the State Legislature charged the THC to create a statewide heritage tourism program. The THC responded with a program based on local, regional, and state partnerships, centered on the 10 scenic driving trails. These trails serve as the nucleus of 10 heritage regions, and include heritage tourism attractions and communities both on and off the trail. The program began with the establishment of the Texas Forts Trail Region in 1998. Other heritage regions made a formal application to the program, demonstrating knowledge of area attractions and broad support from organizations and local government. The suite of heritage regions was completed in 2005 with the additions of the Texas Pecos and Hill Country Trail Regions. The THTP received national recognition with the Preserve America Presidential Award in 2005. This award was given for exemplary accomplishment in the preservation and sustainable use of America's heritage assets, which has enhanced community life while honoring the nation's history. The following year, the program was awarded a Preserve America grant for developing the Heritage Tourism Guidebook and for providing heritage tourism training across the state. Taken from the Texas Tropical Trail Region Website at http://texastropicaltrail.com/about

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Scope and Contents

The records contain administrative, financial, correspondence files, and publicity materials. Books about civic tourism and wildlife are included. Audio DVDs, slide shows, and flash drives comprise the other formats in the collection.

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Arrangement

Arranged by Series, then chronologically Series I: Administrative Files Series II: Financial Files Series III: Correspondence Series IV: Printed Materials Series V: Books Series VI: CDs Series VII: Photographs Series VIII: USB Drives

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Index Terms

Persons
Governor John Connally
Deviney, Nancy
Bahn, Marlett
Bates, Valerie
Greenhill, Wanda
Isbell, Frances
Motett, Candice
Stryker, Rick
Organizations
Texas Historical Commission
Texas Department of Transportation
Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce
Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
Friends of the Fulton Mansion
George West Chamber of Commerce
Grace Armantrout Museum
King Ranch, Inc.
Museum of South Texas History
Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce
Raymondville Chamber of Commerce
Rio Grande Valley Museum Association
San Patricio County Historical Commission
Geographical Names
Aransas County (Tex.)
Brooks County (Tex.)
Cameron County (Tex.)
Dimmit County (Tex.)
Duval County (Tex.)
Hidalgo County (Tex.)
Jim Hogg County (Tex.)
Jim Wells County (Tex.)
Kenedy County (Tex.)
Kleberg County (Tex.)
La Salle County (Tex.)
Live Oak County (Tex.)
McMullen County (Tex.)
Nueces County (Tex.)
Refugio County (Tex.)
San Patricio County (Tex.)
Starr County (Tex.)
Webb County (Tex.)
Willacy County (Tex.)
Zapata County (Tex.)
Subjects
Heritage tourism
Culture
Agriculture
Bird Watching
Ranching
Harbors
United States-Mexican War, 1846-1848
WWII (World War, 1939-1945)
Historic Buildings
Historic Preservation
Military history
Frontier
Sacred space

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