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Chama in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Chama

Population 1,199 - Elevation 7,850 ft.

 
 
Chama Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Maribeth Robison, June 6, 2014
1. Chama Marker
Inscription.  From a small crossroads town, Chama became an important site on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad after 1880. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a remnant of the San Juan Extension, a narrow-gauge line which once served the mining areas of southwestern Colorado.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 36° 54.167′ N, 106° 34.743′ W. Marker is in Chama, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on Terrace Avenue (State Road 17), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chama NM 87520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1881 Log Bunkhouse (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Spanish Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chama (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cumbres Pass (approx. 7.7 miles away); Continental Divide (approx. 8.6 miles away); a different marker also named Cumbres Pass (approx. 10.8 miles away
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in Colorado); Fort Lowell (approx. 12.6 miles away); Tierra Amarilla (approx. 13.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chama.
 
Also see . . .  The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is another famous narrow-gauge tourist railroad in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico (Submitted on June 9, 2014.) 
 
Chama Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Maribeth Robison, June 6, 2014
2. Chama Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2014, by Maribeth Robison of Moriarty, New Mexico. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2014, by Maribeth Robison of Moriarty, New Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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