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The XII Travelers

Established by the Tom Lea Institute in 2011, the Society of the XII Travelers is comprised of the first twelve $100,000 donors to the Tom Lea Institute. The XII Travelers takes its name from the 1946 publication. 

Calendar of XII Travelers Through the Pass of the North, written and illustrated by Tom Lea, identifies significant figures in the history of the Southwest. The $1.25-million endowment will provide a percentage of the annual operating costs of the Tom Lea Institute.


Alvar Nuñez Cabeza
de Vaca Travelers

J.P. & Mary Jon Bryan, Houston

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Fray Agustin Rodriguez Traveler

Betty Ruth Wakefield Haley,
El Paso

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Don Antonio de Espejo

George W. & Laura Bush, Dallas


Gaspar Castaño de Sosa Travelers

Jack* & Evonne* Cardwell,

El Paso

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Juan de Oñate

Woody & Gayle Hunt,  
El Paso

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Fray Garcia de San Francisco Travelers

Dee & Adair Margo
El Paso

7. Diego de Vargas Zapata Lujan Ponce de

Don Diego de Vargas Travelers

Rick & Ginger Francis,
El Paso

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Maj. Zebulon Pike

Paul & Alejandra de la Vega Foster, 

El Paso

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Juan María Ponce de León Travelers

Allen & Rikki Gilmer in memory
of Jerry D. Gilmer*


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James Magoffin


Kelsey Gray,

MD , Roanoke, VA.

Katelyn Gray, 

PMHNP, Denver, CO

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Alexander Doniphan

Isha R. & Steve Santamaria,

in memory of Dede Rogers*

El Paso

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Big Foot Wallace Travelers

Bill* & Ann Kiely

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