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Taos in Taos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery

 
 
Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Winter, October 19, 2010
1. Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This historic cemetery is the final resting place for many prominent Taoseños. Notables buried here are; Christopher "Kit" Carson, a legendary scout, Padre Antonio Martinez, a famous educator and church leader, and Mabel Dodge Lujan.

Others buried here are the soldiers and other local citizens killed during the January 1847 rebellion here in Taos. The rebellion was sparked by a fear by some that the annexation of New Mexico as a Territory by the United States would result in a loss of their land rights. Governor Charles Bent was killed during the rebellion.
 
Erected by the State of New Mexico.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 36° 24.463′ N, 105° 34.201′ W. Marker is in Taos, New Mexico, in Taos County. Marker can be reached from Dragood Lane 0.1 miles north of Kit Carson Road when traveling north. GPS coordinates are for cemetery entrance. Located next to Kit Carson Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos NM 87571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery behind marker. image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Elizabeth Winter, October 19, 2010
2. Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery behind marker.
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Taos (approx. ¼ mile away); Don Fernando de Taos (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Taos Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Don Fernando de Taos Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away); Padre Antonio José Martínez (approx. ¼ mile away); Ledoux Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Taos (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Taos (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taos.
 
Regarding Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery was opened in 1847, and the most modern burials found are dated 1957. A monument outside the gate at the north end of the cemetery gives this history: "The original cemetery was established in 1847 when Dona Teodora Martinez Romero donated land for the burial of American soldiers and civilians killed during the Taos Rebellion of 1847. The cemetery was first called El Cemeterio Militar.

In 1852, additional land was purchased to enlarge the cemetery which was then the only burial ground for non-Catholics, and was known as the American Cemetery.

In May, 1869, when the bodies of Kit Carson and Mrs. Carson were buried here, the cemetery was called the Kit Carson Cemetery.

There are soldiers buried in this small cemetery who served during the Mexican War of 1846, the Taos Rebellion of 1847, the Indian Campaigns of the
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1850's, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Many of the early Taos traders, merchants, and members of old Spanish, French and American families are buried here."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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