Cimarron in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Santa Fe Trail
The difficulty of bringing caravans over rocky and mountainous Raton Pass kept most wagon traffic on the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail until the 1840's. Afterwards, the Mountain Branch, which here approaches Raton Pass, became more popular with traders, immigrants, gold seekers, and government supply trains.
Opened by William Becknell in 1821, the Santa Fe Trail became the major trade route to Santa Fe from Missouri River towns. The two main branches, the Cimarron Cutoff and the Mountain Branch, joined at Watrous. Travel over the Trail ceased with the coming of the railroad in 1879.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 30.625′ N, 104° 55.052′ W. Marker is in Cimarron, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is on Kit Carson Highway (U.S. 64) east of South Euclid Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 265 10th Street, Cimarron NM 87714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Jack’s Hideout / Colfax County War The Saint James Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cimarron Canyon (approx. 4.2 miles away).
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