Raton in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Mountain Route
“Uncle Dick” Wootton
Raton Pass was a tough slog. Axles and wheels broke and the wagons had to be literally dragged uphill in some spots. Seeing an opportunity, entrepreneur Rickens Lacy “Uncle Dick” Wootton, built a 27-mile toll road in 1865, with bridges and improved grades over the pass. Tolls varied but during the years 1869 and 1870, the rate for wheeled vehicles ranged from $1.00 to $1.50 and 5c per head for livestock.
One of Colorado's most colorful mountain men, “Uncle Dick” was a trail trader, trapper, cattle rancher, hotel operator, and scout for the military He died at 77, having outlived all his five wives.
Location. 36° 53.118′ N, 104° 26.361′ W. Marker is in Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker Click for map. Marker is on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Raton NM 87740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Automobile in New Mexico (a few steps from this marker); Raton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Road to Santa Fe - Over the Pass / Santa Fe Trail Country - "Uncle Dick" Wootton (approx. 7.8 miles away in Colorado); Raton Pass (approx. 7.9 miles away in Colorado).
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