Near Raton in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Women of the Santa Fe Trail / New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
Women of the Santa Fe Trail
The Women of the Santa Fe Trail endured untold hardships traveling across the Great Plains. In 1829, six Hispanic women were the first known female travelers going east on the trail. In 1832, Mary Donoho was the first woman whose name was recorded to travel west along the trail. Susan Shelby Magoffin and Marion Sloan followed and both wrote about their experiences.
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women’s Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women’s contributions to New Mexico history on the state’s Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women’s diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 39.008′ N, 104° 30.035′ W. Marker is near Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 25 at milepost 434, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Thaxton Southbound Rest
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Clifton House Site (here, next to this marker).
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.