Fredonia in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Prickly Pears and Pinion Nuts
Dominguez y Escalante Expedition 1776-1976
The Spaniards had already spent nights without water and only minimal nourishment. Lorenzo de Olivares was nearly mad with thirst after eating too many of the salty cactus cakes. He disappeared that evening stumbling up the wash. Having worried about their companion all night, the padres found him the next morning at some small pools near the base of the red Shinarump Cliffs to the north.
The territory known as the Arizona Strip confronted the expedition with some of its most brutal difficulties. Wandering first southeasterly then north, without the aid of native guides, they struggled through a hard and rutted land searching for the Ute crossing of the Colorado River.
Dominguez and Escalante returned to Santa Fe in January, 1777 after exploring much of what is now the Four Corners region but having failed in their effort to open a land route to Spanish settlements at Monterey.
Erected 1976 by Arizona Bicentennial Commission.
Marker series. Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
Location. 36° 56.542′ N, 112° 31.55′ W. Marker is in Fredonia, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on U.S. 89A at milepost 609, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredonia AZ 86022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pipe Springs National Monument (here, next to this marker); Fredonia Centennial (a few steps from this marker); The Final Frontier (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic Log Cabin (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kanab Forts (approx. 4.4 miles away in Utah); Bowman-Chamberlain House (approx. 7.2 miles away in Utah); Andrew Prine (approx. 7.2 miles away in Utah); Dennis Weaver (approx. 7.2 miles away in Utah). Click for a list of all markers in Fredonia.
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.
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.