Near Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Gold and Turquoise
First gold placer mining west of the Mississippi began with the discovery of the precious metal in the rugged Ortiz Mountains south of here in 1828, 21 years before the California gold rush. Since then, the district has produced more than 99,000 ounces of placer gold and gold is currently produced from lode deposits.
The prominent hills to the east and to the left are the Cerrillos Hills, site of ancient turquoise mines worked by the Indians centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. The Cerrillos (“little hills”) are regarded as the oldest mining district in the United States, and New Mexico is a major turquoise producer. Elevation 6,200 feet.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Location. 35° 31.639′ N, 106° 9.396′ W. Marker is near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 25 at milepost 269, 1˝ miles east of Waldo Canyon Road (County Road 57). Touch for map. Marker is located at the La Bajada Welcome Center in the northbound rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow Amelia Elizabeth White / Mary Cabot Wheelwright (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Celebration / La Bajada (a few steps from this marker); Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) (within shouting distance of this marker); Maria Gertrudis Barceló (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Wise Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Sisters of Charity (within shouting distance of this marker); Golondrinas Old Cienega Village Museum (approx. 4.1 miles away); Welcome to the Cerrillos Hills State Park (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 12, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.