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Near Lupton in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

One Days Ride to Zuni

 
 
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Photographed By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
1. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
Inscription.  In November of 1776 a party of Spanish explorers and Indian guides passed through this area on their way to the Zuni Mission in what is now New Mexico. Franciscan Fathers, Francisco Atanasio Dominquez and Silvestre Velez De Escalante, had embarked from Santa Fe with hopes of discovering an overland route to the presidio at Monterey. However, cold weather and rugged terrain forced them to turn south and return to Santa Fe. While they never succeeded in finding a shorter route to California, the priests explored much new territory in the present states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. They were the first Europeans to discover a usable crossing of the Colorado River after wandering for miles along the rim of the seemingly impassable Marble Canyon Gorge.

The explorers had attempted bringing the Christian religion to the Hopis in Oraibi; 100 miles west of here. Their conversion efforts were not well received; but they were saved from starving by the Hopis. They camped near this location on November 16, 1776 in a snowstorm. They had but one more days ride before reaching the familiar mission in Zuni, New Mexico.
 
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Photographed By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
2. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
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1976 by Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionExplorationNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1776.
 
Location. 35° 21.181′ N, 109° 3.474′ W. Marker is near Lupton, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 40 at milepost 359. Marker is located at the rest area off of I-40 at exit 359. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lupton AZ 86508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Max Ortega (a few steps from this marker); Arizona Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); Manuelito Area (approx. 4.3 miles away in New Mexico).
 
Also see . . .
1. Dominguez-Escalante Expedition. Desert USA article on the expedition of Escalante and Dominguez. (Submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 

2. Domínguez–Escalante Expedition on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 2, 2019.)
3. Article from Intermountain Histories. (Submitted on December 2, 2019.)
 
One Days Ride to Zuni Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
3. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 27, 2022