Marble Canyon in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Dominguez y Escalante Expedition
1776 - 1976
—Treacherous Descent —
Text from: Historical Markers with The Arizona Department of Transportation right of way. Prepared by: Roadside Development Section April 1, 1997
Fatigued by a thirty mile ride, the padres picked their way down the rocky north slope of the Kaibab Plateau toward the light of Paiute campfires near what is now Coyote Spring, 15 miles north. The timid natives fled the approaching Spaniards. No white man had ever been in this region before.
Coaxed to return, the Indians brought pinon nuts and two roasted rabbits for the hungry explorers. During the night, a medicine man performed his healing ritual for an ailing Spaniard. Dominguez and Escalante were furious over a Catholic's participation in the pagan rites. After admonishing their companion for his frail faith, the Fathers implored the Indians to cease their superstitious ceremonies, be baptized, and embrace Christianity.
The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition was uncommon in the history of the west. Searching for a safe overland route from Santa Fe to Monterey, the Padres were determined to establish rapport with tribes along the way. They did not reach Monterey. However, their regard for the natives allowed them to travel the 1700 miles without a shot being fired or a word of anger uttered between Spaniard and Indian.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Dominguez y Escalante Expedition marker series.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 36° 41.827′ N, 111° 54.543′ W. Marker was in Marble Canyon, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker was on U.S. 89A at milepost 557, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Marble Canyon AZ 86036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this location. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (here, next to this marker).
More about this marker. Marker looks like there should be a descriptive plaque inset in the pillar, but it is missing. Bullet holes. Very weathered.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Expedition marker along the trail.
Categories. • Exploration • Hispanic Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2010, by Wyndfire of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,076 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on January 26, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos: 1. submitted on November 28, 2010, by Wyndfire of Phoenix, Arizona. 2. submitted on May 26, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.