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Historians identify Cibolo Crossing

Historians identify Cibolo Crossing
ELAINE M. STEPHENS/Contributor Participants in a May 11 historical marker dedication visit the site of the Cibolo Crossing on the Gonzales Road, recently identified as a natural ford on the Cibolo Creek, currently in private hands. Among the visitors were members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Susanna Dickinson Chapter, in period attire.

Saturday, May 11, saw the culmination of much hard work by local historians, Allen and Regina Kosub, and the La Vernia Historical Association, with a dedication ceremony for two new historical markers for La Vernia: The “Cibolo Crossing on the Gonzales Road” at La Vernia and the “Susanna Dickinson Alamo Survivor” commemorative markers.

Due to wet fields from Friday evening’s rain, the ceremony was moved from the site of the Cibolo Crossing to the La Vernia Church of Christ. The property owner surprised everyone at the ceremony by announcing he would take his “red-neck limousine” to the site; those who braved the journey in the owner’s cleaned-up cattle trailer enjoyed the opportunity to see the actual site of the Cibolo Crossing where many Texas Revolution heroes crossed and camped.

You can learn more about the Gonzales Road and this era of Texas history at the La Vernia Heritage Museum.

Following the dedication ceremony, the new exhibit opened at the La Vernia Heritage Museum, made possible by a generous donation from the San Antonio River Authority. The museum sports a new façade mural, created by the mega-talented D’mitri Kosub. Be sure to have your photo taken in front of this beautiful new “landmark” in La Vernia!

We invite you to visit the La Vernia Heritage Museum to see the new exhibit, the Cibolo Crossing on the Gonzales Road at La Vernia, and learn more about the heroes of the Texas Revolution who camped and crossed at this now-famous ford before La Vernia ever existed, located about one mile above La Vernia.

To make an appointment to see the exhibit, call 210-392-3281 or visit on the first and third Sunday of the month between noon and 3 p.m.

Cibolo Crossing

The actual crossing is located on private property and is not open to the public. However, this once-vital site was part of the road that linked San Antonio de Bejar to the city of Gonzales, both key in the fight for Texas independence.

Extensive research by the Kosubs has pinpointed the Cibolo Crossing named in historical documents as a natural ford on the Cibolo Creek near present-day La Vernia. This is renowned as the site where Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson delivered the news of the fall of the Alamo to the Texian army.

The new markers denote the crossing, and Susanna’s presence in Wilson County following the historic battle in San Antonio.

Again, we wish to thank Allen and Regina Kosub for sharing their remarkable research which has made it possible for the La Vernia Historical Association to obtain these two new historical markers and to provide our community and the world with a better appreciation of the struggles, heartbreaks, and lives of the heroes who made us Texans!

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