Roadside New Mexico: A Guide to Historic Markers

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The people, geological features, and historic events that have made New Mexico what it is today are commemorated in over 350 historic markers along the state's roads. This guide, arranged geographically, beginning with the Four Corners region, is designed to fill in the gaps and answer the questions those markers provoke, offering the additional information that the interested traveler is sure to want.

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Overview

The people, geological features, and historic events that have made New Mexico what it is today are commemorated in over 350 historic markers along the state's roads. This guide, arranged geographically, beginning with the Four Corners region, is designed to fill in the gaps and answer the questions those markers provoke, offering the additional information that the interested traveler is sure to want.

Geological and scenic markers for the Rio Grande, the Colorado Plateau, and such uniquely New Mexican features as the Jornada del Muerto and the Valles Caldera explicate the state's physical landscape. The presence of early human inhabitants is marked at Blackwater Draw, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and Aztec and Salmon ruins, among other spots. Most pueblos and tribes have markers, and the early incursions of the Spanish are commemorated as well as Spanish and Mexican settlement patterns. The American occupation is marked at forts, battlefields, and survey points. Missions, trails, ghost towns, battle sites, settlements, and outlaws are all represented with markers, as are such symbols of New Mexico as the Santa Fe Opera and Smokey the Bear.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826331182
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pike grew up in Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, New Mexico, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from New Mexico State University and a master's degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Section 1 Colorado Plateau 5
Section 2 Rio Arriba 21
Section 3 Santa Fe Trail 89
Section 4 Coronado 127
Section 5 Duke City 143
Section 6 Comanche Country 215
Section 7 Black Range 241
Section 8 Billy the Kid 273
Section 9 Cattle Country 321
Section 10 Bootheel 339
Section 11 Dona Ana 359
Section 12 Oil Country 387
Major Sources 401
Index 420
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