Trinidad in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Santa Fe Trail
Property of the State of Colorado
The Santa Fe Trail
1840 - 1878
Two roads or forks of the Mountain Branch
of the Santa Fe Trail-Bent's Old Fort to
Taos and Santa Fe-joined here until the
coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1876. The
earliest permanent settlement in 1861
occurred along these roads, now Main and
Commercial Streets. Trinidad, Spanish for
the Trinity, inspired the name of the town
which was first created as a town company
in 1866, was incorporated in 1876 and received
the United States patent to the townsite in
1877. The first mayor of Trinidad was Dr.
Thomas E. Owen.
Erected 1977 by the State Historical Society of Colorado with the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce and H. K. Holloway of Trinidad in 1930 and replaced through the Mrs. J. N. Hall Foundation in 1977.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 37° 10.111′ N, 104° 30.349′ W. Marker is in Trinidad, Colorado, in Las Animas County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Commercial Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Main Street, Trinidad CO 81082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coal Miners' Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Coal Miner's Canary (about 300 feet away); A Clash of Cultures (about 400 feet away); Trinidad's First City Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Last Coal Burning Steam Engine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cathay Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women & Children's March, 1914 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Aaron 1889 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trinidad.
Also see . . . Trinidad, Colorado's History as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. (Submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.