San Augustine Population- 2,375  Altitude 304


Known as "The Cradle of Texas", history walks the streets here.  Located on historic "El Camino Real" (the Royal Highway, now Texas 21 in this area).   Sam Houston walked here; Davey Crockett was feted on his way to the Alamo; and J. Pinckney Henderson, Texas' first governor, lived here when San Augustine was the eastern gateway to Texas.  Several church congregations lay claim as Texas' oldest:   Presbyterian, Episcopal and Methodist (24 miles east, five miles north of Milam).   All features are too numerous to list here, but the Chamber of Commerce can provide details and directions for drive by views of many sites. 

Chamber of Commerce open Monday - Friday 9a.m. - 4 p.m.  611 Columbia Street.

Angelina National Forest - Angelina National Forest, near San Augustine

Smallest of the National Forests in Texas with 153,176 acres in Angelina, Jasper, Nacogdoches and San Augustine Counties.  Nearest entrance to San Augustine is about 11 miles south on Texas 147.

El Camino Real -

Spanish for the Royal Highway, also called Old San Antonio Road, the first "interstate" (actually international) highway system in North America.  In this area Texas 21 follows the old route laid out about 1690 from St. Augustine, Florida to San Antonio and Mexico City.

Ezekial Cullen House in San AugustineEzekiel W. Cullen Home -

An early judge of the First District Court of Texas, Cullen lived in this large house of Greek Revival style, the entire upper floor a ballroom.  The 1839 structure is open Thursday - Sunday 1 - 4 p.m., at Congress and Market Streets.

Mission Seņora de Los Dolores De Los Ais -

Also known as Dolores Mission, was established in 1716 by the Domingo Ramon expedition.   Abandoned due to French invasion in 1719; restored in 1721 and became headquarters for Zacatecan missions in East Texas.  Abandoned again in 1773 when the Spanish evacuated all East Texas missions.  today only historical markers identify the site four blocks south of the courthouse on Texas 147.

Old Town Well -

Dug to a depth of 27 feet by slave labor in 1860, the town well supplied residents as well as travelers on El Camino Real.  Restored, complete with sweetgum roller, hand wrought iron handle and oak bucket.  Located in Two Hearts General Shops.

Sabine National Forest -

Includes 160,656 acres in Jasper, Sabine, San Augustine, Newton, and Shelby Counties with many recreational areas.  Nearest entrance to San Augustine (town) is about five miles east on F.M. 353.



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