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Aztec in San Juan County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Armijo Returns Triumphant

Aztec Ruins National Monument

— Old Spanish National Historic Trail —

 
 
Armijo Returns Triumphant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 14, 2021
1. Armijo Returns Triumphant Marker
Inscription.  On an April evening in 1830, trader Antonio Armijo and a tattered group of men and boys, stubborn pack mules, and wild California horses passed through this area on their way to Santa Fe. Near the end of a hard, dangerous journey, men and animals alike were tired, lean, and dirty.

But the men were flush with success. Against all odds, they had forged a new trade route west across deserts and canyons from Nuevo Mexico to Alta California. There they traded woven woolens for fine young horses and mules. Then they set out, heading eastward for home.

The governor of Nuevo Mexico was very pleased with the expedition. He gave the trader an honorary title and boasted of Armijo's economic triumph to officials in Mexico City. The trail linking California to New Mexico would be used for years, although later expeditions ventured further north.
 
Erected by National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
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36° 49.89′ N, 107° 59.718′ W. Marker is in Aztec, New Mexico, in San Juan County. Marker is on North Martinez Lane north of West Martinez Lane, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on a walking trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aztec NM 87410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A River's Ancient Gifts (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); At Home on the River (about 400 feet away); A Daring Plan (about 500 feet away); A Vibrant Pueblo (about 700 feet away); Crossroads Through Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aztec Ruins National Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); "For the Enlightenment of the Nation" (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Aztec Ruins National Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aztec.
 
Regarding Armijo Returns Triumphant. This is one of six markers (as of October 2021), placed by the NPS, that are part of a trail that is to connect from the Aztec Ruins National Monument to Main Street in Aztec. The trail is to tell the history of the Old Spanish Trail. Parts of the trail were under construction at this time.
 
Additional commentary.
1. End of the trail?
This is the last marker you encounter as you head south along
Armijo Returns Triumphant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 14, 2021
2. Armijo Returns Triumphant Marker
the trail. The trail came to a dead end while parts of Martinez Lane were torn up. As of October 2021, the Old Spanish Historical Trail walkway is still under construction. Locals and a park ranger have told me that they have been building the trail the last five years (since 2016) and the bridge and historical markers are somewhat new. The goal for the project is to connect the trail from the Aztec Ruins National Monument area to downtown Aztec. This leaves hope for more markers to be placed as well as a continuing trail for the future.
    — Submitted October 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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