“Roads are at the core of humanity’s journey. They satisfy our desire to reach out past the horizon and discover what lies beyond the familiar… Over the centuries, the road known as El Camino Real has lain silently watching the journey of humanity. The road carried both cargo and culture; it fostered conflict and cooperation. In the meantime, the land now known as Texas was changed forever—a transformation that was delivered along El Camino Real.” Those words begin the narrative for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail interpretive project, a $5.5 million project that will construct a new visitor center at Mission Tejas State Park in Houston County west of Nacogdoches, renovate the flood-damaged Smith Visitor Center at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, repurpose a historic building into a new welcoming center at Goliad State Park and Historic Site, and place a new Camino Real interpretive display at Mission Rosario near Goliad.

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Texas— More than $51 million in federal disaster assistance to date is helping fuel the recovery for households and businesses in 24 Texas counties hit hard by the May-June storms and flooding. As of July 13, nearly $28.4 million was approved in FEMA household assistance grants for eligible applicants to repair damaged homes and pay for temporary housing.

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On Wednesday July 6, the Vesely Cemetery Historical Marker was dedicated at the cemetery location on Buller Rd. In attendance were Josephine (Vesely) Bear, granddaughter of the cemetery founder, her husband Howard Bear, Patricia (Frank) Kennedy, Parker & Gail Spencer, Junior & Peggy McKay, Sandy Buller, Judy Robinson, Bea Chalupa, Ben Hosak, and Grace Holtkam.

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