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Pecos in Reeves County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Emigrants' Crossing

(20 mi. SE)

 
 
Emigrants' Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Emigrants' Crossing Marker
Inscription.  One of the few spots where pioneer travelers could cross the Pecos River by fording. At Emigrants' Crossing, the deep, treacherous river flows over exposed rock. It is one of only three fords in a 60-mile segment of the stream, and was the one favored by parties migrating in 1849 from the eastern United States to west coast gold fields.

Often called the California Emigrants' Crossing, or the Red River Trail crossing, it was also the one used in 1858 by coaches of Butterfield Overland Mail, which had an adobe station and a high-walled adobe corral there.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1473.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 31° 25.66′ N, 103° 29.727′ W. Marker is in Pecos, Texas, in Reeves County. Marker is at the intersection of East 1st Street and South Cedar Street (U.S. 285
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), on the left when traveling west on East 1st Street. Marker is in front of West of the Pecos Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 East 1st Street, Pecos TX 79772, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mrs. Lillie W. Cole (here, next to this marker); Spanish Explorers (here, next to this marker); Reeves County-Pecos, Texas (a few steps from this marker); The Pecos Cantaloupe (a few steps from this marker); Orient Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Pecos, Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); George R. Reeves (approx. ¼ mile away); Reeves County World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pecos.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Emigrants' Crossing Marker (at far left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Emigrants' Crossing Marker (at far left)
Emigrants' Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
3. Emigrants' Crossing Marker
Marker is in front of West of the Pecos Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 718 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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