Near Canadian River Breaks in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Canadian River
This waterway was also one of the first interior rivers of the U.S. known to early explorers. Coronado, coming from Mexico, crossed the Canadian in 1541 in his search for the famed city of Quivira. Juan de Onate, also seeking Quivira, saw the river in 1601. The Canadian traders Pierre and Paul Mallet followed it in 1741. Josiah Gregg, famous Missouri trader, took $25,000 worth of goods to Santa Fe along the river trails in 1839. Gold seekers bound for California were escorted along the trails in 1849 by Army Captain R.B. Marcy.
During its history, the river has borne many names. The origin of the word "Canadian" is disputed. A possible source is the Caddo word "Kanohatino", which means "Red River". Some think it was named by the French-Canadians who traveled it in the 1700s, while others believe the river is called "Canadian" because it rises in a "canyon" (from the Spanish word meaning "boxed-in").
Beginning near the Colorado-New Mexico line in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Canadian flows 900 miles. Its course runs southeast, then east until it finally joins the Arkansas 36 miles from Fort Smith.
Erected 1967 by the State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 693.)
Location. 35° 28.552′ N, 101° 52.984′ W. Marker is near Canadian Touch for map. Located about 15 miles north of Amarillo. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 US-287, Amarillo TX 79108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Great Spanish Road / First Ranch in Potter County / First Store in Potter County (here, next to this marker); First Cemetery in Potter County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The _X (LX) First Ranch in Potter County (approx. 1.6 miles away); The United States Topographical Engineers in the High Plains of Texas (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Gas Well in the Panhandle of Texas (approx. 7.7 miles away); Masterson (approx. 11.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the history of the Canadian River. (Submitted on July 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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