Near Springer in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Point of Rocks / The Dorsey Mansion
Point of Rocks
Point of Rocks was a major landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Located in Jicarilla Apache country, it was near here that the party of Santa Fe merchant J.W. White was attacked in 1849. Kit Carson was a member of the military party organized to rescue White's wife and daughter.
The Dorsey Mansion
Built by controversial Arkansas Senator Stephen W. Dorsey in the late 1870's and early 1880's, this part log and part stone mansion was once a center of social life in the southwest. Since its completion, it has been a unique architectural feature in New Mexico.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Santa Fe Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 36° 18.332′ N, 104° 11.294′ W. Marker is near Springer, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is on U.S. 412 at milepost 23.6, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. View of the Rockies (within shouting distance of this marker); The Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 5, 6. submitted on February 16, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the Dorsey Mansion. • Photo of the Point of Rocks. • Can you help?