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Zia Pueblo in Sandoval County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Vasquez de Coronado's Route
 
Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
1. Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker
 
Inscription. In 1541 an expedition from the army of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, New Mexico's first explorer, marched south 80 leagues to investigate the pueblos along the lower Rio Grande. The group reached that part of the infamous Jornada del Muerto, now covered by Elephant Butte Lake, where the river disappeared underground.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and Department of Highways.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro marker series.
 
Location. 35° 30.902′ N, 106° 45.914′ W. Marker is in Zia Pueblo, New Mexico, in Sandoval County. Marker is on U.S. 550 1.6 miles west of Zia Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The U.S. 550 Jemez Mountain Trail can be seen ahead, rising to the Colorado Plateau. This marker is in the flat, just before the highway begins its climb. The new sign is mounted in an old marker frame. Marker is in this post office area: San Ysidro NM 87053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pueblo of Ziá (approx. 2.5 miles away); Trinidad Gachupin Medina (ca. 1883-1964) (approx. 2.5 miles away); Colorado Plateau (approx. 3.5 miles away); Pueblo of Jémez (approx. 9.2 miles away); Evelyn M. Vigil, Phan-Un-Pha-Kee (Young Doe) 1921–1995 (approx. 9.2 miles away); Pueblo of Santa Ana (approx. 9.9 miles away); Bernalillo (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
2. Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker
From the west.
 

 
More about this marker. The new sign is mounted in an old marker frame.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  New Mexico's Coronado State Monument Page. (Submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
 
Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker - Reverse Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
3. Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker - Reverse
New Mexico Historic Marker Maps The state's Official Scenic Historic Markers usually have a map on the reverse side showing the location of more local markers. For the ardent historical marker seeker, these maps are a mine of information, waiting for extraction.
 
 
Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker - Reverse Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
4. Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker - Reverse
Looking NE from U.S. 550
 
 
Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
5. Vasquez de Coronado's Route Marker
Corner visible, looking west on U.S. 550, the modern Jemez Trail portion of U.S. 550 climbing to the Colorado Plateau and the Continental Divide.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,377 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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