Preston Trail

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Before motorized travel became common people traveled from location to location using "trails" or "traces". Most of these trails were well established by the time Europeans immigrated to the colonies. The original 'travelers' on these trails were various types of nomadic wildlife as they moved from place to place in search of grazing lands and fresh water. Native Americans were familiar with these trails and utilized them for thousands of years prior to settlement by Europeans. Because they were often well marked, easy to follow and led to grazing lands and fresh water Europeans utilized them as well on foot, horseback and with wagons.
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=== History ===
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Before motorized travel became common people traveled from location to location using "trails" or "traces". Most of these trails were well established by the time Europeans immigrated to the colonies. The original 'travelers' on these trails were various types of nomadic animals as they moved from place to place in search of grazing lands and fresh water. Native Americans were familiar with these trails and utilized them for thousands of years prior to settlement by Europeans. Because they were often well worn, easy to follow and led to grazing lands and fresh water Europeans utilized them as well on foot, horseback and with wagons. Many of these trails, or portions of them, were utilized in the construction of roads and highways in modern times.<br>
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=== Historical Data ===
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One such trail is the Preston Trail, also called the Old Preston Road.&nbsp; The Preston was originally part of an ancient trail that meandered from north to south and extended from parts of Missouri and Ohio southward to Mexico passing through the middle of Texas.&nbsp; The Shawnee tribe utilized the trail for hundreds of years. By 1839 the area then known as the Republic of Texas had a well organized military and began constuction of roads, building military forts along the way to protect settlers from attacks by native Americans in the area.&nbsp; By 1840 the Preston Trail had become known as the Preston Road extending north through Grayson and Collin counties to the small town of Preston.
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=== Modern Day  ===
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Texas State Highway 289&nbsp; follows closely along what was originally called the Preston Trail and the term:&nbsp;"Preston Trail" has been used in the names of several institutions such as the Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas.

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History

Before motorized travel became common people traveled from location to location using "trails" or "traces". Most of these trails were well established by the time Europeans immigrated to the colonies. The original 'travelers' on these trails were various types of nomadic animals as they moved from place to place in search of grazing lands and fresh water. Native Americans were familiar with these trails and utilized them for thousands of years prior to settlement by Europeans. Because they were often well worn, easy to follow and led to grazing lands and fresh water Europeans utilized them as well on foot, horseback and with wagons. Many of these trails, or portions of them, were utilized in the construction of roads and highways in modern times.

Historical Data

One such trail is the Preston Trail, also called the Old Preston Road.  The Preston was originally part of an ancient trail that meandered from north to south and extended from parts of Missouri and Ohio southward to Mexico passing through the middle of Texas.  The Shawnee tribe utilized the trail for hundreds of years. By 1839 the area then known as the Republic of Texas had a well organized military and began constuction of roads, building military forts along the way to protect settlers from attacks by native Americans in the area.  By 1840 the Preston Trail had become known as the Preston Road extending north through Grayson and Collin counties to the small town of Preston.

Modern Day

Texas State Highway 289  follows closely along what was originally called the Preston Trail and the term: "Preston Trail" has been used in the names of several institutions such as the Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas.