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Near Lupton in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

One Days Ride to Zuni

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
1. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
Inscription. In November of 1776 a party of Spanish explorers and Indian guides passed through this area on their way to the Zuni Mission in what is now New Mexico. Franciscan Fathers, Francisco Atanasio Dominquez and Silvestre Velez De Escalante, had embarked from Santa Fe with hopes of discovering an overland route to the presidio at Monterey. However, cold weather and rugged terrain forced them to turn south and return to Santa Fe. While they never succeeded in finding a shorter route to California, the priests explored much new territory in the present states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. They were the first Europeans to discover a usable crossing of the Colorado River after wandering for miles along the rim of the seemingly impassable Marble Canyon Gorge.

The explorers had attempted bringing the Christian religion to the Hopis in Oraibi; 100 miles west of here. Their conversion efforts were not well received; but they were saved from starving by the Hopis. They camped near this location on November 16, 1776 in a snowstorm. They had but one more days ride before reaching the familiar mission in Zuni, New Mexico.
 
Erected 1976 by Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Bicentennial Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
2. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
is included in the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 35° 21.181′ N, 109° 3.474′ W. Marker is near Lupton, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 40 at milepost 359. Touch for map. Marker is located at the rest area off of I-40 at exit 359. Marker is in this post office area: Lupton AZ 86508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Max Ortega (a few steps from this marker).
 
Also see . . .  Dominguez-Escalante Expedition. Desert USA article on the expedition of Escalante and Dominguez. (Submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2010
3. One Days Ride to Zuni Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,047 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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