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Near Santo Domingo Pueblo in Sandoval County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Mormon Battalion
 
The Mormon Battalion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
1. The Mormon Battalion Marker
 
Inscription.
The Mormon Battalion
Council Bluffs, July 16, 1846
Fort Leavenworth, Aug. 2, 1846
Santa Fe, Oct. 9, 1846
San Diego, Jan 29, 1847

Erected June 16, 1940
[ Map of Mormon Battalion Route ]
The Mormon Battalion, composed of 500 men mustered into the service of the United States in the war with Mexico was called to the colors as the Mormon pioneers were beginning their historic trek to the Rocky Mountains at the conclusion of the 2,000 mile march from Council Bluffs Iowa to San Diego California. The leader who took command at Sante Fe paid tribute to his men in part as follows....History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry. Half of it has been through a wilderness where nothing but [ ] and wild beasts are found, or deserts where for want of water there is no living creature. Here with almost hopeless labor we have dug wells which the future traveler will enjoy without a guide who had traversed them. We have ventured into trackless tablelands where water was not found for several marches. With crow bar and pick and axe in hand we have worked our way over mountains which seemed to deny aught save the wild goat, and hewed a pass through a chasm of living rock more narrow
 
The Mormon Battalion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
2. The Mormon Battalion Marker
As mounted in its pyramid
 
than our wagons to bring these first wagons to the Pacific. We have preserved the strength without loss.

Thus marching half naked and half fed, and living upon wild animals, we have discovered and made a road of great value to our country.

Lieutenant Colonel P. St. George Cook
Official Order issued January 30, 1847, upon the safe arrival of The Battalion in San Diego, California
 
Erected 1940 by Committee for the Erection of the Mormon Battalion Monument in New Mexico and the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association marker series.
 
Location. 35° 27.098′ N, 106° 21.231′ W. Marker is near Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico, in Sandoval County. Marker is on West Frontage Road (U.S. 85), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Take exit #257/Budaghers - go 0.2/0.3 mi/km Turn Right on Budagher Boulevard Turn Left on West Frontage Road - go 1.4/2.3 mi/km Arrive at 35.451635,-106.353852, on the Right. Marker is at or near this postal address: Budiger's Offramp # 257, Santo Domingo Pueblo NM 87052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kewa Women's Co-op (approx. 3 miles away); Pueblo of Santo Domingo Kiua (approx. 4.4 miles away); La Bajada (approx. 7.5 miles away); La Angostura (approx. 9.6 miles away); Women of Cochiti (approx. 12.3 miles away); Gold and Turquoise (approx. 12.3 miles away); Amelia Elizabeth White / Mary Cabot Wheelwright (approx. 12.3 miles away); Bicentennial Celebration / La Bajada (approx. 12.3 miles away).
 
The Mormon Battalion Marker Map Closeup Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
3. The Mormon Battalion Marker Map Closeup
Cropped and shopped for easier reading.
 

 
More about this marker. This can be seen by both north and south bound traffic.
 
Regarding The Mormon Battalion. It's hard to tell what word of the inscription was pounded into oblivion. However, being near the Santo Domingo and San Felipe Pueblos, and near 17 others, a historical marker reader can speculate what the word may be.
 
Additional comments.
1. Monument stonework
The stonework appears different in the current monument (4)from the 1941 photo (8). Was the monument rebuilt at some time?
    — Submitted September 3, 2013, by Ronald Kay of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
Additional keywords. Mormon Battalion
 
The Mormon Battalion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
4. The Mormon Battalion Marker
 
 
The Mormon Battalion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Thomas Chris English, July 1, 2010
5. The Mormon Battalion Marker
Looking north along the walkway from the parking lot to the monument.
 
 
The Mormon Battalion Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
6. The Mormon Battalion Monument
You can estimate the height of the monument at 25 feet as my wife is only 5 feet tall.
 
 
A 1941 View of the Mormon Battalion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Max R. Hunt, circa 1941
7. A 1941 View of the Mormon Battalion Marker
 
 
A 1941 View of the Mormon Battalion Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Max R. Hunt, circa 1941
8. A 1941 View of the Mormon Battalion Monument
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,602 times since then. Last updated on July 13, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   3. submitted on July 13, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on July 9, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   6. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   7, 8. submitted on May 19, 2012. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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