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Saguache in Saguache County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Old Spanish Trail North Branch

 
 
Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
1. Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker
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Inscription.  This sign marks an important junction of the Old Spanish Trail. Both forks, east and west, of the North Branch of this Trail converged at Saguache before continuing west of Cochetopa Pass and on to Los Angeles.

The Old Spanish Trail was the principle mule pack route for explorers and traders until 1848, evolving into a wagon road and currently a modern highway.

The purpose of this sign is twofold: first, to note the 4th Annual Conference of the Old Spanish Trail National Association that convened at Saguache, Colorado on June 21-22, 1997; and second, to celebrate the vital contribution of the early trails, before which, all life was limitation.

Early Pathfinders of the Trail
Juan Batista de Anza, 1736-1788 • Antionie Robidoux, 1794-1860 • Christopher "Kit"Carson, 1809-1868 • John W. Gunnison, 1812-1853 • John C. Fremont, 1813-1890 • Ute Chief Ouray, 1833-1880 • John Lawrence, 1835-1908
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Old Spanish National Trail series list.
 
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38° 5.132′ N, 106° 8.527′ W. Marker is in Saguache, Colorado, in Saguache County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street (State Highway 285) and Christy Avenue, on the right when traveling north on 8th Street. Marker is located at the Otto Mears Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saguache CO 81149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saguache (a few steps from this marker); Otto Mears Park (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. Hazard Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Also see . . .  Old Spanish Trail Association. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
2. Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker
Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
3. Old Spanish Trail North Branch Marker
Old Spanish Trail Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
4. Old Spanish Trail Map
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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