Pegleg Crossing on the San Saba River, at the mouth of MacDougal Creek twelve
miles east of Menard in
In 1849 William Henry Chase
Whiting surveyed the ford as a part of a migration road to
From 1867 until 1888 the San Antonio-San Diego Stage Line used the military road, and the stage line had a relay station, called Pegleg Station, constructed on a hill overlooking the ford.
In 1877 a group of outlaws robbed the U.S. Mail at the Pegleg Station where the trail crosses the San Saba River. This was a favorite location for outlaws, because of the geography surrounding the crossing. At the Pegleg Crossing, the terrain forms an hourglass between two ridges of hills and the main trail that was used by the stagecoaches crossed the San Saba River at that point. The outlaws had a hideout called “the roost” nearby, from which they simply descended to rob the stagecoaches and travelers before riding off. Robberies at this location were so common that it became almost a “rite of passage.”
The Great Western Trail used the Pegleg Crossing for cattle
drives from south central
When State Highway 29 from Mason to Menard was built, Pegleg Crossing was abandoned.
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of Texas Online, s.v. "WESTERN TRAIL," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/WW/ayw2.html (accessed
· TexasEscapes.com, Stagecoach Holdup, http://www.texasescapes.com/MikeCoxTexasTales/240-Stagecoach-Holdup.htm
· Fort Tour Systems, Inc., Kimble County Historical Markers, http://www.forttours.com/pages/hmkimble.asp
Compiled from various sources by
Voices of the Texas Hills