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Winslow in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sunset Crossing

 
 
Sunset Crossing Marker Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
1. Sunset Crossing Marker Inscription
Inscription. This crossing, first noted early in the 1850s in journals and maps of explorers along the 35th parallel, is the only convergence of major travel routes on the Little Colorado River. It lies on the trail used by Mormon immigrants journeying from Utah to Arizona settlements during the 1870's. A rock ledge spanning the stream from bank to bank at this point made crossing by wagon possible. It is said to have been named after Sunset Pass located to the southwest.
 
Erected by Navajo County Historical Society and Arizona Historical Society.
 
Location. 35° 0.89′ N, 110° 40.743′ W. Marker is in Winslow, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on East Second Street/Old Route 66 (Arizona Route 66), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Traveling westbound into Winslow on Old Route 66/Business 40/AZ 66, Third Street is a one-way street going west. Second Street is one way headed east. There's a rest area at the junction of Second and Third Streets on the east end of town. This marker is in the rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Winslow AZ 86047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Winslow Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured
Sunset Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
2. Sunset Crossing Marker
in a direct line); Remembrance Garden (about 800 feet away); La Posada Hotel (approx. one mile away); Standin' on the Corner Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Brigham City (approx. 1.9 miles away); Brigham City Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
Regarding Sunset Crossing. Sunset Crossing Historic Site is 1 1/2 miles East of this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lost Treasure of Sunset Crossing. A very interesting tale of a "treasure" which may be located at Sunset Crossing. (Submitted on July 8, 2010.) 

2. The Mormon Honeymoon Trail. Mormon's traveling to the Temple at St. George, Utah would use this trail and crossing. (Submitted on July 8, 2010.) 
 
Additional keywords. Mormon Immigration
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Sunset Crossing Marker, Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
3. Sunset Crossing Marker, Looking East
Sunset Crossing Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 20, 2010
4. Sunset Crossing Site
This is the crossing site as described on the marker. Some historians in Winslow believe the crossing site is 1 to 2 miles further north.
The Age-old Importance of Sunset Crossing to Travelers image. Click for full size.
circa 1940
5. The Age-old Importance of Sunset Crossing to Travelers
This map, "Routes of Espejo and Farfan to the mines" depicts Sunset Crossing as a place all early travel routes went. It is from the publication, "Notes upon the Routes of Espejo and Farfan to the Mines in the Sixteenth Century," Katherine Bartlett, New Mexico Historical Review, January 1942. It was found on the web page: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/moca/chap1.htm
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,579 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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