Near Pecos in San Miguel County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Pecos National Historical Park
Humans have inhabited the Pecos Valley for at least 12,000 years. The fifteenth century Towa-speaking trading pueblo, Cicuyé, had over 2,000 inhabitants. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Franciscan churches were built and rebuilt here under the direction of the Spanish. By the 1780’s disease, raids and drought had decimated the population, and in 1838 the last 17 inhabitants moved to Jemez to live with their Towa-speaking relatives.
Within the boundaries of Pecos National Historic Park are ruts from the Santa Fe Trail, the site of the 1862 Civil War Battle at Glorieta Pass, and the 20th century cattle ranching operation of the Forked Lightning Ranch, where movie actress Greer Garson once lived. Today the valley is home to long-time residents and attracts many visitors.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. (Marker Number 203.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Native Americans • War, US Civil.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pecos NM 87552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pecos Pueblo Mission (approx. ¾ mile away); Kosloski's Historic Stagecoach Stop and Trading Post (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Anthony's Catholic Church War Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Colorado Volunteers at the Battles of Glorieta Pass (approx. 3.7 miles away); Glorieta Pass Battlefield (approx. 4½ miles away); Cañoncito at Apache Canyon (approx. 8.3 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pecos.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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