Las Vegas in San Miguel County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Population 16,507 - Elevation 6,470
Las Vegas served as an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail and later as a major railroad center. Here General Kearny announced the annexation of New Mexico by the U.S. in 1846. In 1862, during the Confederate occupation of Santa Fe, Las Vegas served as a Territorial capital. New Mexico Highlands University was established here in 1893.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 35° 37.298′ N, 105° 12.35′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in San Miguel County. Marker is at the intersection of North Grand Avenue (U.S. 85) and Legion Drive, on the right when traveling north on North Grand Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at entrance to Comfort Inn. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 North Grand Avenue, Las Vegas NM 87701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Engine No. 1129 (approx. one mile away); Dr. Meta L.Christy (approx. 1.7 miles away); City Hall (approx. 1.9 miles away); YMCA Building (approx. 1.9 miles Isidor Stern’s “Famous” Dry Good Store (approx. 2.2 miles away); E. Romero Hose & Fire Co. (approx. 2.3 miles away); Plaza Hotel (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hogbacks (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Regarding Las Vegas. In 1910 the Daughters of the American Revolution placed 18 markers in New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail from Raton Pass, on the Colorado/New Mexico border, to the "End of the Trail" in the Santa Fe Plaza. One of these markers was placed in Las Vegas at the south side of Las Vegas Plaza Park (35° 35.563′ N, 105° 13.612′ W.) The park is located at 230 Plaza Park (State Route 65).
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