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Near Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Gold and Turquoise

 
 
Gold and Turquoise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
1. Gold and Turquoise Marker
Side one:
Inscription.
(side one)
First gold placer mining west of the Mississippi began with the discovery of the precious metal in the rugged Ortiz Mountains south of here in 1828, 21 years before the California gold rush. Since then, the district has produced more than 99,000 ounces of placer gold and gold is currently produced from lode deposits.

(side two)
The prominent hills to the east and to the left are the Cerrillos Hills, site of ancient turquoise mines worked by the Indians centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. The Cerrillos (“little hills”) are regarded as the oldest mining district in the United States, and New Mexico is a major turquoise producer. Elevation 6,200 feet.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 35° 31.639′ N, 106° 9.396′ W. Marker is near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 25 at milepost 269, 1.5 miles east of Waldo Canyon Road (County Road 57). Click for map. Marker is located at the La Bajada Welcome Center in the northbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Gold and Turquoise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
2. Gold and Turquoise Marker
Side two:
flies. Amelia Elizabeth White / Mary Cabot Wheelwright (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Celebration / La Bajada (a few steps from this marker); Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) (within shouting distance of this marker); Maria Gertrudis Barceló (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Wise Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity (within shouting distance of this marker); Golondrinas Old Cienega Village Museum (approx. 4.1 miles away); Welcome to the Cerrillos Hills State Park (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Fe.
 
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Gold and Turquoise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2011
3. Gold and Turquoise Marker
The prominent hills to the east are the Cerrillos Hills.
Mount Chalchihuitl image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 16, 2013
4. Mount Chalchihuitl
Mount Chalchihuitl (peak in foreground) outside Cerrillos, New Mexico, site of ancient turquoise mines.
Turquoise Mine image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 16, 2013
5. Turquoise Mine
One of several ancient turquoise mines atop Mount Chalchihuitl, outside Cerrillos, New Mexico.
Streaks of Turquoise image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 16, 2013
6. Streaks of Turquoise
Streaks of turquoise in rocks atop Mount Chalchihuitl
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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