Near Las Cruces in Doña Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
San Augustín Pass
(new wording as of June 5, 2014)
The pass has always provided the best access through three mountain ranges, the Organ to the south and the San Andres and San Agustin to the north. It was chosen as the route for U.S. 70, one of the nation's first coast—to—coast highways. Road cuts revealed Tertiary monzonite near the summit. Nearby, Organ Mountain mines yielded copper, lead, silver, gold and zinc. Gypsum sands glisten to the northeast, and to the west is Rio Grande Valley.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Resources • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is June 5, 2014.
Location. 32° 25.495′ N, 106° 33.917′ W. Marker is near Las Cruces, New Mexico, in Doña Ana County Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Cruces NM 88011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nike Hercules Missile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of San Agustín Springs (approx. 1.2 miles away); White Sands Missile Range (approx. 5.8 miles away); Pat Garrett Murder Site (approx. 10.1 miles away); America's First Battle of World War II: The Philippines (approx. 12½ miles away); Heroes of Bataan (approx. 12½ miles away); The Historic Green Bridge (approx. 12.6 miles away); Disappearance of Albert J. Fountain and his son Henry (approx. 12.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Cruces.
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