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Transportation

Coshatta Crossing of the Brazos

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Coshatta Crossing of the Brazos
Indian route from the Gulf Coast (near Indianola or old Powderhorn on Matagorda Bay) through Cat Spring and Millheim in Washington County, crossing the Brazos four miles below present Hempstead and continuing northeast to East Texas. Part of the trail was situated about halfway between the Spanish high road ? El Camino Real ? and the Spanish low road ?Atascocita? and parallel to both, it was sometimes called ?Contraband Trace? and was traveled by those desiring no encounters with the Spanish. Referred to as ?Camino Coshatta? in Mexican land grants. Site of Groce?s Ferry on the Brazos. The most likely reason the Indians crossed here are the thick sandstone ledges not found along most of the lower Brazos. (Also known as the Madelina Crossing and often spelled Coushatti)
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