Colita Trace

By: Howard N. Martin

Type: General Entry

Published: June 1, 1995

The Colita Trace connected two Coushatta Indian villages in the lower Trinity River region of Texas. The first of these villages, Colita's Village, was the lower Coushatta village on the Trinity in what is now San Jacinto County. The village at the other end of the trace was Long King's Village, the middle Coushatta village, located at the junction of Long King Creek and Tempe Creek, three miles north of the Trinity in Polk County. From a point on the east bank of the Trinity River opposite Colita's Village, the Colita Trace extended northwestward in Polk County, crossed Drew's Mill Creek and Copeland Creek, passed northeast of the site of present Goodrich, crossed Long King Creek, and proceeded to Long King's Village. The trail expedited travel and communications between Colita's Village and Long King's Village. It also merged with the Liberty-Nacogdoches Road near Colita's Village, and the Colita Trace thus served secondarily in the system of trails leading to hunting grounds in the Big Thicket and for trips to Atascosito or Liberty, near the mouth of the Trinity River.

  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Trails and Traces

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Howard N. Martin, “Colita Trace,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995