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Near Eagle Nest in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Wheeler Peak

 
 
Wheeler Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 23, 2011
1. Wheeler Peak Marker
Inscription.  Across Moreno Valley stands Wheeler Peak, 13,161 feet, highest peak in New Mexico. Rocks of Wheeler Peak and the Taos Range are highly resistant granites and gneisses of Precambrian age. Moreno Valley is underlain by soft sandstones and shales which are covered by stream and glacial deposits. Placer gold was mined at Elizabethtown north of here during the 1860's.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
 
Location. 36° 30.418′ N, 105° 16.694′ W. Marker is near Eagle Nest, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 64 at milepost 282 and County Road B-9, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 64. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagle Nest NM 87718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elizabethtown (approx. 3.3 miles away); Eagle Nest Lake State Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Vietnam Veterans National Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Palo Flechado Pass (approx. 7.2 miles away); Palisades Sill
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(approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Wheeler Peak (approx. 8.4 miles away); Cimarron Canyon State Park (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Regarding Wheeler Peak. (From Wikipedia)
Formerly named Taos Peak, after the nearby town of Taos, New Mexico, it was renamed Wheeler Peak in 1950. A plaque at the summit states that the mountain was: Named in honor of Major George Montague Wheeler (1842–1905) who for ten years led a party of surveyors and naturalists collecting geologic, biologic, planimetric and topographic data in New Mexico and six other southwestern states.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker at the Summit of Wheeler Peak
 
<i>back of</i> Wheeler Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 23, 2011
2. back of Wheeler Peak Marker
Wheeler Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, July 23, 2011
3. Wheeler Peak Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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