Near Chama in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Erected by State of New Mexico.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1848.
Location. 36° 59.634′ N, 106° 29.955′ W. Marker is near Chama, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on State Highway 17, 3 miles north of County Road 445, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pull-out on the east side of the highway at the New Mexico / Colorado state line. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chama NM 87520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Cumbres Pass (approx. 3.3 miles away in Colorado); 1881 Log Bunkhouse (approx. 7.6 miles away); Chama (approx. 7.7 miles away); Old Spanish TrailChama (approx. 10.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large, painted metal "billboard-style" style marker mounted in a heavy wooden timber frame.
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1. Jicarilla War. The Jicarilla War began in 1849 and was fought between the Jicarilla Apaches and the United States Army in the New Mexico Territory. Ute warriors also played a significant role in the conflict as they were allied with the Jicarillas. The war started when the Apaches and Utes began raiding against settlers on the Santa Fe Trail. Eventually, in 1853, the American army retaliated which resulted in a series of battles and campaigns that ended in 1854 when a large military expedition managed to quell most of the violence. However, some minor skirmishing continued into 1855 (Submitted on October 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. "Old" Bill Williams. Old Bill Williams was one of those rare individuals who can be characterized as a Mountain Man’s Mountain Man. Standing 6 foot 1 inches tall, he was lean and sinewy, possessing unusual strength. He had blue eyes and red hair, and usually wore a full beard. He so excelled in the skills of the trapper’s trade, that he became legendary amongst his own peers. In the spring of 1848 he was reported at the American Fur Company’s Fort Union at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. Later in 1848 he briefly formed a loose partnership with Josiah Webb to provide (Submitted on October 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.