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Near Gila River in Pinal county, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Gadsden Purchase

 
 
Gadsden Purchase Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 27, 2010
1. Gadsden Purchase Marker
Inscription.  The Gila River north of this site marked the international border of the United States and Mexico from 1848 to 1854. James Gadsden negotiated to purchase 38,000 sq. miles of "wild country" for $15 million in gold. Amended to $10 million for 29,640 sq. miles, the Gadsden Purchase maintained southern railroad and wagon routes but preserved Mexico's link to Baja, California. Today the Gadsden Purchase comprises 24 percent of Arizona's total land area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, Mexican-American.
 
Location. 33° 2.509′ N, 111° 47.101′ W. Marker is near Gila River in Pinal county, Arizona. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10 at milepost 181. Marker is located at the eastbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Casa Grande AZ 85122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gila River Indian Reservation (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Gila River Indian Reservation (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named
Sacaton rest area on I-10 easttbound at milepost 181. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 27, 2010
2. Sacaton rest area on I-10 easttbound at milepost 181.
The Gila River Indian Reservation Marker is on the brick wall and the two Gadsen Purchase Markers are at the far right and on the other side of the ramada in the photo.
Gadsden Purchase (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dedicated to Ira H. Hayes USMC (approx. 3˝ miles away); Honoring Native American Women Veterans (approx. 3˝ miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Matthew B. Juan (approx. 3˝ miles away); Military Order Purple Heart of the U.S.A. (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gila River Internment Center - Rivers, Arizona (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gila River.
 
More about this marker. There is an identical marker to this marker about 100 feet to the left of this marker.
 
Gila River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 27, 2010
3. Gila River
View is to the west from the Gila River Bridge on Arizona highway 587 at milepost 223.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,515 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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