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Clayton in Union County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton

 
 
<i>Side A:</i><br>Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
1. Side A:
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff Marker
Inscription.  

Santa Fe Trail
Cimarron Cutoff

The Santa Fe Trail was the major trade route between New Mexico and Missouri from 1821 until arrival of the railroad in 1880. The Cimarron Cutoff, a major branch of the Trail, passed through this portion of northeast New Mexico. Some of the best preserved segments of the Trail route are located at nearby Kiowa National Grasslands, along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

Clayton
Population 2,968 - Elevation 4,969
Trade caravans and homesteaders traveling the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail passed near here. Clayton was founded in 1887 and named for the son of cattleman and ex-Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, one of its developers. It became a major livestock shipping center for herds from the Pecos Valley and the Texas Panhandle.
 
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
 
Location.
<i>Side B:</i><br> Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
2. Side B:
Clayton Marker
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36° 27.427′ N, 103° 10.245′ W. Marker is in Clayton, New Mexico, in Union County. Marker is on U.S. 56 at milepost 83.5, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton NM 88415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Santa Fe Trail / Who Traveled The Trail? (a few steps from this marker); Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Jack Ketchum (approx. 1.2 miles away); Clayton Dinosaur Trackway (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rabbit Ear Mountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Clayton (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Rabbit Ear Mountain (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Clayton (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
 
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
3. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
4. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, December 28, 2018
5. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, December 28, 2018
6. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5, 6. submitted on February 13, 2022, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the preserved segments of the Trail route located at nearby Kiowa National Grasslands. • Can you help?

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May. 28, 2022