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Near Trinidad in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Raton Pass

Between Colorado and New Mexico

 

— Altitude 7,881 Feet —

 
Raton Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
1. Raton Pass Marker
Marker is behind fence and hidden by grass and weeds.
Inscription.  "Raton" is Spanish for "Mouse". On mountain branch Santa Fe Trail. Crossed by Kearny's Army of the west in the Mexican war and by first regiment, Colorado Volunteers in the civil war. "Uncle Dick" Wooten's toll road built 1865. Railroad constructed 1878. Improved Highway built 1919 - 1922
 
Erected 1929 by The State Historical Society of Colorado from The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and by The State Highway Department. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Colorado - History Colorado series list.
 
Location. 36° 59.672′ N, 104° 28.801′ W. Marker is near Trinidad, Colorado, in Las Animas County. Marker is on Interstate 25 at milepost 0, on the right when traveling north. Use exit 460 from Interstate 25 in New Mexico, into rest area to reach marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trinidad CO 81082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Road to Santa Fe - Over the Pass / Santa Fe Trail Country - "Uncle Dick" Wootton (within shouting
Raton Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
2. Raton Pass Marker
Marker is on rock behind pole.
distance of this marker); The Mountain Route (approx. 7.9 miles away in New Mexico); First Automobile in New Mexico (approx. 7.9 miles away in New Mexico); Raton (approx. 8.3 miles away in New Mexico); Temple Aaron 1889 (approx. 12 miles away); A Clash of Cultures (approx. 12.1 miles away); The Coal Miner's Canary (approx. 12.1 miles away); Coal Miners' Memorial (approx. 12.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trinidad.
 
Raton Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
3. Raton Pass Marker
Raton Pass image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
4. Raton Pass
View south from marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 751 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Clear photo of entire marker. • Can you help?
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Mar. 2, 2021