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Saguache in Saguache County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Otto Mears Park

This tablet is the property of the State of Colorado

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
1. Otto Mears Park Marker
Inscription.  This park is dedicated to Otto Mears, Russian-born Colorado Pioneer, know as “The Pathfinder of the San Juan”, who came to the San Luis Valley in 1865. In Saguache (A Ute Indian word meaning “blue earth”), Otto Mears was married in 1870, establishing his home across from this park. He built a toll road over Poncha Pass, the first one in the area; ran freighting teams; established mining camps; published two newspapers and constructed railways. He was for a time treasurer of Saguache County. As a commissioner he helped to build the state capitol, and suggested covering the dome with gold leaf. As a friend of Ouray, Mears induced the Utes to cede the “mining triangle” of the San Juan to the government.
 
Erected 1959 by State Historical Society of Colorado, Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and the Saquache Kiwanis Club.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
 
Location. 38° 5.106′ N, 106° 8.527′ W. Marker is in Saguache, Colorado, in Saguache
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By Tom Bosse, May 30, 2018
2. Otto Mears Park Marker
County. Marker is on 8th Street (State Highway 285) north of Pitkin Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saguache CO 81149, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saguache (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Trail North Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); George W. Hazard Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Also see . . .  Otto Mears. (Submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
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3. Otto Mears
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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