East Texas City

Alto, Texas

A Texas State Historic Site

Caddo Mounds

For centuries, travelers followed El Camino Real de los Tejas, or the Royal Highway, which roughly follows Texas State Highway 21 through Alto. It was blazed by Spaniards in the 1690s with the help of Ais Indian guides who traced their ancestors’ footpaths. Southwest of town, the scenic highway opens onto the spectacular Neches River Valley and the area occupied by Caddo Indians from A.D. 800 to 1300. At the interpretive center of the Texas Historical Commission’s Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, learn how the Caddo worked and lived. A short walking trail leads to ceremonial mounds and a village site.

Scenic Drive
Find exceptional scenery of forested hills and streams along U.S. 69, Texas 21 (El Camino Real) and numerous local roads around Alto.

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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

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