Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

TrammelsTraceWEBTwo Stephen F. Austin State University students received top honors at the Texas Natural Resources Information System’s Texas GIS Forum held during October in Austin.

Jamison Brandenburg and Logan Hope, both seniors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in forestry at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, presented their original poster, “Trammel’s Trace: The First Road to Texas From the North,” alongside more than 10 other presenters from a variety of industries.

Trammel’s Trace was the second major route from the United States into Spanish-occupied Texas and played an integral role in connecting travelers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas with the El Camino Real in Nacogdoches.

Hope said he first became interested in the history of the route after meeting historian and author Gary Pinkerton at a local festival. In 2016, Pinkerton published a book chronicling the history of this early gateway to Texas.

Brandenburg and Hope collaborated with Pinkerton to collect data points and create a precise map of the route. Their work will be featured on the TNRIS website in the coming weeks.