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Española in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Dominguez Escalante Trail

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
1. Dominguez Escalante Trail Marker
Inscription. On July 29, 1776, two Franciscans, Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Fray Silvestre Velez de Escalante set out on horseback on an expedition from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Monterey, California. The purpose of the expedition was two-fold: to open communications between the two-missions (Santa Fe and Monterey) and to convert the Indians (Utes and Havasupais) between pueblo land and the Pacific Coast. The party did not reach Monterey, however, but only got as far as the Utah Basin. Due to the onset of winter weather, lack of provisions and frequent desertion of Indian guides, their goal was reconsidered, causing much dissension. Lots were cast to continue on or to return to Santa Fe. Thus it was decided to turn back to Santa Fe.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 36° 1.662′ N, 106° 5.556′ W. Marker is in Española, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on Chama Highway (U.S. 84 at milepost 191.1), just from Española, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Espanola NM 87532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Española Valley (approx. 0.9 miles away);
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By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
2. Reverse of Dominguez Escalante Trail Marker
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (approx. 2.2 miles away); Esther Martinez - P’oe Tsáwäˀ (1912-2006) (approx. 2.4 miles away); San Gabriel (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Bond House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Chimayo Trading Post / Trujillo House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Santa Cruz de la Cañada / Santa Cruz Plaza on the Camino Real (approx. 3.6 miles away); Pablita Velarde, Tse Tsan, Golden Dawn (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Dominguez-Escalante Expedition. Wikipedia entry. Excerpt: “The first night of the journey they stayed overnight at the Santa Clara pueblo, north of Santa Fe, and from there they ‘traveled nine leagues, more or less, and arrived at the pueblo of Santa Rosa de Abiquiú, where because of various circumstances we remained on the 31st without traveling, and where by means of a Solemn Mass we again implored the aid of our most holy patrons’.” (Submitted on May 3, 2014.) 
 
Additional keywords. Old Spanish Trail
 
Categories. Colonial EraExploration
 
Dominguez Escalante Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
3. Dominguez Escalante Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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