“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Beale Road

Historic Site

Beale Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
1. Beale Road Marker
Inscription.  In 1857 Congress authorized Navy Lieutenant Edward F. Beale to survey a wagon road along the 35th parallel from Fort Defiance, New Mexico Territory, to the Colorado River. A secondary mission was to test the feasibility of using camels in the Southwest. In the fall of 1857, the Beale survey party passed through what is now Flagstaff, Arizona, with approximately 50 men, 100 mules, 10 wagons, 22 camels, and over 300 sheep. The eventual route passed by this location, and later became Fort Valley Road. The first homesteaders in the Flagstaff area came from California on the Beale Wagon Road in the 1870s. From the end of the Civil War through the 1880s, the volume of travel may have been as great as on the more famous Oregon Trail.
Erected by Arizona Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsExplorationRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 35° 13.407′ N, 111° 39.318′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County
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. Marker is on U.S. 180, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the entrance the the Pioneer Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flagstaff Flag - Raising (approx. 1.1 miles away); Buffalo Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); Beale Wagon Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Arizonal Trail - A Tribute to Dale Shewalter (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Lawrence Lowell Telescope (approx. 1˝ miles away); Henry Lee Giclas (approx. 1˝ miles away); Clark Dome Weather Station (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lowell Observatory (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Beale Road Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 7, 2010
2. Beale Road Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,201 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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