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Near Deming in Luna County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cooke’s Wagon Road

Basin and Range Country

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 6, 2010
1. Cooke’s Wagon Road Marker
Inscription. In 1846, while leading the Mormon Battalion to California during the Mexican War, Lt. Col. Philip St. George Cooke blazed a wagon road from New Mexico to the West Coast. The potential use of the route for the railroad construction was one of the reasons for the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Cooke entered Arizona through Guadalupe Pass.

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Basin and Range province of southeast New Mexico is of broad alluvial plains from which isolated fault block mountains rise like islands in a sandy sea. Indigenous peoples have used both the basin and range in their seasonal cycle. The Victorio Mountains to the South yield zinc, silver, gold, copper, lead, and tungsten.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Battalion marker series.
 
Location. 32° 13.483′ N, 108° 7.383′ W. Marker is near Deming, New Mexico, in Luna County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10 at milepost 61. Touch for map. Marker is in the westbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Deming NM 88030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yucca Plains / Yucca (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
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Basin and Range County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
2. Basin and Range County Marker
Cooke’s Wagon Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 6, 2010
3. Cooke’s Wagon Road Marker
Basin and Range County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner
4. Basin and Range County Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,707 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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