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Near Watrous in Mora County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Watrous

 
 
Watrous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
1. Watrous Marker
Inscription.  The Mountain Branch and the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail meet at Watrous. This important spot on the Trail was first known at La Junta, "junction" in Spanish. In 1879, with the coming of the railroad, it was named for Samuel B. Watrous, a prominent local rancher.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list.
 
Location. 35° 46.8′ N, 104° 59.417′ W. Marker is near Watrous, New Mexico, in Mora County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 161 and Interstate 25, on the left when traveling east on State Road 161. Marker is just east of I-25 at exit 364. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watrous NM 87753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Watrous - Western Junction of the Santa Fe Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); La Junta (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fort Union National Monument
<i>Rear of:</i> Watrous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
2. Rear of: Watrous Marker
(approx. 4˝ miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 8.6 miles away); Ready to Repel the Confederates (approx. 8.7 miles away); The First Ten Years: 1851-1861 (approx. 8.7 miles away); The First Fort Union (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Six Mule Army Wagon (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watrous.
 
Watrous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
3. Watrous Marker
Rear of: Watrous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
4. Rear of: Watrous Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 681 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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