“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Taos in Taos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Population 3369 — Elevation 6983 ft.

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By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
1. Taos Marker
Inscription. The Spanish community of Taos developed two miles southwest of Taos Pueblo. It later served as a supply base for the “Mountain Men,” and was the home of Kit Carson who is buried here. Governor Charles Bent was killed here in the anti-U.S. insurrection of 1847. In the early 1900’s, Taos developed as a colony for artists and writers.
Location. 36° 23.672′ N, 105° 34.792′ W. Marker is in Taos, New Mexico, in Taos County. Marker is on Paseo del Pueblo Sur (New Mexico Route 68) east of Paseo del Cañon East (New Mexico Route 585), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Taos NM 87571, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ledoux Street (approx. 0.8 miles away); Padre Antonio José Martínez (approx. 0.9 miles away); Don Fernando de Taos (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Taos (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Taos Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away); Don Fernando de Taos Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Taos (approx. 2.9 miles away); San Francisco de Asis Church (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Taos.
Also see . . .
1. Mountain Man Wikipedia Entry.
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By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
2. Taos Marker
“A mountain man is a trapper and explorer who lives in the wilderness. Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.”

Kit Carson (1809–1868) achieved notability for his later exploits, but he got his start and gained some recognition as a trapper. Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led ‘the Pathfinder’ through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved national fame through Fremont. Stories of his life as a mountain man turned him into a frontier hero-figure: the prototypical mountain man of his time.” (Submitted on July 4, 2013.) 

2. Taos Revolt (1847 insurrection) Wikipedia entry. “The Taos Revolt was a popular insurrection
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By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
3. Taos Marker
in January 1847 by Mexicans and Pueblo allies against the United States’ occupation of present-day northern New Mexico during the Mexican–American War. In two short campaigns, United States troops and militia crushed the rebellion of the Mexicans and their allies. The rebels regrouped and fought three more engagements, but after being defeated, they abandoned open warfare.” (Submitted on July 4, 2013.) 

3. Charles Bent Wikipedia Entry. “Charles Bent (1799–1847) was appointed as the first civilian Governor of the newly acquired New Mexico Territory by military Governor Stephen Watts Kearny in September 1846. Bent had been working as a fur trader in the region since 1828, with his younger brother William and later partner Ceran St. Vrain. Though his office was in Santa Fe, Bent maintained his residence and a store in Taos. On January 19, 1847, he was scalped and killed by Pueblo attackers during the Taos Revolt.” (Submitted on July 4, 2013.) 

4. Taos Art Colony - Wikipedia Entry. “In 1898 a visit of Bert Geer Phillips and Ernest L. Blumenschein to Taos, New Mexico was one of the first steps in the creation of the Taos art colony and the Taos Society of Artists. In addition to the attention brought by the Taos Society of Artists, Mabel Dodge Luhan was instrumental in
Taos Pueblo image. Click for full size.
Pastel by Helmut Naumer, Sr.; National Park Service, circa 1935
4. Taos Pueblo
“Taos is instantly recognizable, with its multi-storied buildings and high mountains in the background. Today this pueblo has thousands of visitors from all over the world. In Naumer’s time it was quieter and had fewer non-Pueblo visitors. Pastel, paper. H. 30.5, L. 47.0 cm [H. 12, W 18½ inches], framed.” — Wikipedia, photo and caption by Tillman.
promoting Taos to artists and writers within her circle, which led a new generation of artists to Taos. In the early 20th century modern artists infused the area with an new artistic energy, followed in the 1950s by abstract artists. Taos supports more than 80 galleries and three museums. There are a number of organizations that support and promote the work of artists on the Taos Pueblo and in the Taos area.” (Submitted on July 4, 2013.) 
Additional keywords. Taos Revolt of 1847
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers
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By Richard Denney
5. Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
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By Richard Denney, October 18, 2013
6. Taos Pueblo
Sign greeting visitors to the Taos Pueblo
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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