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Mosca in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Welcome "Caminante" to...

Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2020
1. Welcome "Caminante" to... Marker
Inscription.  

¡Bienvenidos! Caminantes!

Come! Take a walk with us. We know an old song, El Caminante, which tells of taking a long walk along the ancient roads. Like the first prehistoric inhabitants, you too are a ‘caminante’, or one who walks upon this land.”
People of El Valle
Olibama Lopez Tushar

“Almost five hundred years ago, the Navajos began hearing stories from our Pueblo neighbors about the strange men they had seen. These men had thick beards and were dressed in metal helmets and armor. They road from one place to another on animals that looked like large dogs.”

“As they rode, their iron weapons rattled noisily and sunlight glinted off their armor. Like a lost war party, they clanked and clanged their way across the American Southwest, stirring up great clouds of dust. We called them Naakaii, or Those-Who-Wander-Around. They were the Spaniards.”

Dinetah: An Early History of the Navajo People
Lawrence D. Sundberg

Already well worn and traveled by the sixteenth century, Los Caminos Antiguos was a perfect inroad for Spanish explorers.

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Welcome "<i>Caminante</i>" to... Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2020
2. Welcome "Caminante" to... Marker
Looking ENE toward Great Sand Dunes National Park in distance
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• Nomadic Native American people left their marks on the San Luis Valley. Their cultures were untouched by outside influences until the Spanish arrived in 1598.

• This is believed to be an ancient trail marker. “Año (year) 1858" was carved by the first Hispano settlers.

[Timeline at bottom of marker not transcribed]
 
Erected by CO Scenic Byways, CO Historical Society, CO Parks & Wildlife, CO DOT, The Nature Conservancy, and DOI Agencies.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationHispanic AmericansNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 39.765′ N, 105° 52.219′ W. Marker is in Mosca, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker is on Lane 6N east of State Highway 17, on the left when traveling east. Marker is at a roadside pulloff. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mosca CO 81146, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Los Caminos Antiguos (here, next to this marker); Great Risk for Great Reward (here, next to this marker); Who Owns This Land? (here, next to this marker); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (a few steps from this marker); "Old Mose"

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(approx. 13.1 miles away); 1988 NAIA Division 1 National Championship Runner-Up (approx. 13.1 miles away); Millstone, c. 1845 (approx. 13.3 miles away); Alamosa (approx. 13.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mosca.
 
Also see . . .
1. Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway. (Submitted on November 22, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Los Caminos Antiguos. (Submitted on November 22, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Nov. 27, 2020