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Truth or Consequences in Sierra County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Truth or Consequences

Elevation 4,576 ft.

 
 
Truth or Consequences Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
1. Truth or Consequences Marker
Inscription.  In 1581, Capitan Franciso Sanchez Chamuscado took possession of this region for the King of Spain naming it Ojo de Zoquete (mud spring) in the province of San Felipe. Native Americans first used these springs for healing; in early 20th century, European-Americans setteled here and named it Hot Springs. Truth or Consequences ("T or C") took its present name in 1951 in response to a contest from Ralph Edwards' popular radio program.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1581.
 
Location. 33° 8.696′ N, 107° 14.919′ W. Marker is in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in Sierra County. Marker is on North Date Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 North Date Street, Truth or Consequences NM 87901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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flies. Elephant Butte Lake State Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Magnolia Ellis, “Magnificent Magnolia” (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Truth or Consequences (approx. 2.8 miles away); Elephant Butte Dam (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fort McRae 1863-1876 (approx. 3½ miles away); Jornada del Muerto (approx. 11.9 miles away); Caballo Mountains (approx. 13.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Truth or Consequences. "Francisco" is misspelled as "Franciso" in the marker text.
 
Rear of Truth or Consequences Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
2. Rear of Truth or Consequences Marker
Truth or Consequences Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
3. Truth or Consequences Marker
View north on N. Date Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2024. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on March 6, 2024, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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