About the Tom Lea Trail Mobile Tour

Content for this app was developed by the Tom Lea Institute and the Heritage Tourism Program in collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission and many subject experts and consulting experts.

In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature passed S.B. 928 and H.B. 1317, sponsored by Sen. José Rodríguez and Rep. Joe Pickett, to officially designate the Tom Lea Trail.

In accordance with this legislation, the Texas Historical Commission has partnered with the Tom Lea Institute (TLI) to create the trail. As the main advocates for this legislation, the TLI has been instrumental in solidifying the legacy of Tom Lea in Texas. In their role as primary partner, the TLI has mapped the trail route, identified participating sites, and assembled a collection of primary materials and first-person accounts, all of which you can now experience on this app.

Platform: STQRY


Adair Margo

Holly Cobb

Mallory Laurel

Derek Packard

Payton T. Szwaczkowski

Content Team:

Adair Margo

Holly Packard Cobb

Susan E. Gonzalez

Payton T. Szwaczkowski

David Guerin

Mia Attel

Mobile Tour Creators:

Derek Packard

Kylie Henley

Susan E. Gonzalez

Luke Hall

Audio/video production:

Holly Cobb

David Guerin


Joe Geoffrey

Copyright ©2023, The Tom Lea Institute. All rights reserved. The content of all material on this app is copyrighted by the Tom Lea Institute and the Texas Historical Commission (THC) unless otherwise indicated. Permission to copy, distribute, or use in whole or part for any noncommercial purpose without fee is hereby granted, provided that the information (files, documents, or photographs) is credited to the THC.

For information on material in this app credited to another copyright holder, please contact that source regarding the use of their material.


The Tom Lea Trail app and the Texas Time Travel Tours app are provided as a public service. The site is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.

Visit the Texas Heritage Trail Regions and see where it all happened.


This app contains links to other websites, which also may assist our audience. The Texas Historical Commission and linked sites are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other such websites.

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For questions about the content on this app, please contact us at or 512-463-6092.

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XII Travelers

Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca Travelers J.P. & Mary Jon Bryan, Houston
Fray Agustin Rodriguez Traveler Betty Ruth Wakefield Haley, El Paso
Don Antonio de Espejo Travelers George W. & Laura Bush, Dallas
Gaspar Castaño de Sosa Travelers Jack* & Evonne* Cardwell, El Paso
Juan de Oñate Travelers Woody & Gayle Hunt, El Paso
Fray Garcia de San Francisco Travelers Dee & Adair Margo, El Paso
Don Diego de Vargas Travelers Rick & Ginger Francis, El Paso
Maj. Zebulon Pike Travelers Paul & Alejandra de la Vega Foster, El Paso
Juan María Ponce de León Travelers Allen & Rikki Gilmer in memory of Jerry D. Gilmer*, Austin
James Magoffin Travelers Kelsey Gray, MD , Roanoke, VA. Katelyn Gray, PMHNP, Denver, CO
Alexander Doniphan Traveler Isha R. & Steve Santamaria, in memory of Dede Rogers*, El Paso Big Foot Wallace Travelers Bill* & Ann Kiely, Katy