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

Gallup's Brief History

Scenic Byways Trail

 
 
Gallup's Brief History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2021
1. Gallup's Brief History Marker
Inscription.  Gallup, New Mexico, the Indian Capital of the World is known as the epicenter of Native American history, art, culture and tradition in the southwest.

Europeans, Asians, and Mexicans came to build the railroad, and many stayed on to mine coal. But, these Gallup pioneers were all newcomers themselves, because when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the region in 1540, they found the Navajos, who were new migrants, and the Acoma, Hopi, and Zuni Pueblo Indians, whose occupation extends back to antiquity. Descendants of all these people contribute to the unique ethnic mix of the area. In the early days, Gallup was a typical, western frontier town, but comparatively quiet by most standards. There were occasional, minor Indian uprisings, but the soldiers of nearby Fort Wingate were able to discourage any major attacks. Most of the citizens carried arms until a law in 1896 limited that practice.

Today, Gallup is the home to about 21,000 people, and serves as a trading area for more than six times that number. The City serves a steady stream of travelers who come to see some of the unique and interesting wonders of the American
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Southwest. It is also the hub of "America's Largest Cottage Industry" -- Indian Arts and Crafts. While a modern trade and tourism center, Gallup still retains its spirit of a frontier community, with a unique cultural diversity found nowhere else.

The map at right shows the location of historic buildings highlighted in this series of signs lining Historic Route 66 through downtown Gallup.
 
Erected by Federal Highway Administration (America's Byways) and the City of Gallup.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1540.
 
Location. 35° 31.733′ N, 108° 44.471′ W. Marker is in Gallup, New Mexico, in McKinley County. Marker can be reached from New Mexico Route 118 east of South 1st Street. Marker is in a city parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 US Rte 66, Gallup NM 87301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Street USA (here, next to this marker); Historic Buildings (a few steps from this marker); Kitchen's Opera House (a few steps from this marker); Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup's Brief History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 15, 2021
2. Gallup's Brief History Marker
Marker (closest to the front) is in a city parking lot.
(within shouting distance of this marker); CN Cotton Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Balloon Rally (within shouting distance of this marker); Navajo Code Talkers (within shouting distance of this marker); Coal Car (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallup.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   2. submitted on October 21, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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