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 walking distance of this marker. Trash is Treasure (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mighty Pueblo (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Day in Pueblo Life (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pecos Pueblo Mission (approx. ¾ mile away); Precious Water (approx. ¾ mile away); Prime Location (approx. ¾ mile away); Mission Churches (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pueblo Revolt (approx. 0.8 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 Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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