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California Crossing Park

Documents

California Crossing Park Map (PDF)

Features

  1. 34.70 Acres
  2. Concrete Unlighted Surface Trail
  3. Historical Trail Marker
  4. Lake or Stream
  5. Parking
  6. River Overlook
  7. Trails
In the middle and late 1800's, wagon trains carrying settlers and freight covered vast southwestern landscapes that often resembled "seas of grass." The most popular wagons, built in the Pennsylvania towns of Conestoga and Pittsburgh, featured expanses of raised canvas that contributed further to the sea voyage metaphor.

On June 28, 1986, the Texas Sesquicentennial Wagon Train paid homage to those earlier travelers at this crossing on the Trinity River. That night, the train and its 1,000 men, women and children camped at Valley Ranch in Irving as the train neared the end of its 3,000-mile journey.