“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Beale Road

Beale Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Beale Road Marker
Inscription. In 1857 Congress authorized Navy Lieutenant Edward F. Beale to survey a wagon road along the 35th parallel from Fort Defiance, New Mexico Territory, to the Colorado River. A secondary mission was to test the feasibility of using camels in the Southwest. In the fall of 1857, the Beale survey party passed through what is now Flagstaff, Arizona, with approximately 50 men, 100 mules, 10 wagons, 22 camels, and over 300 sheep. The eventual route passed by this location, and later became Fort Valley Road. The first homesteaders in the Flagstaff area came from California on the Beale Wagon Road in the 1870s. From the end of the Civil War through the 1880s, the volume of travel may have been as great as on the more famous Oregon Trail.
Erected by Arizona Historical Society.
Location. 35° 13.407′ N, 111° 39.318′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on U.S. 180, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the entrance the the Pioneer Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flagstaff Flag - Raising (approx. 1.1 miles away); Buffalo Park
Beale Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Beale Road Marker
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Beale Wagon Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Church of the Nativity (approx. 1.6 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Walkway of Flags (approx. 1.7 miles away); Flagstaff's Founding (approx. 1.8 miles away); Weatherford Hotel (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Flagstaff.
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.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 891 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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