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Cerrillos in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cerrillos

Elevation 5,688 ft.

 
 
Cerrillos Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
1. Cerrillos Marker
Inscription. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the mineral rich area around Cerrillos produced turquoise, which was broadly traded across the American Southwest and into México. An early settlement of Los Cerrillos harbored Spanish refugees from the 1680 Revolt, but the present community was not founded until the lead strike of 1879.
 
Erected by New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 35° 26.088′ N, 106° 7.229′ W. Marker is in Cerrillos, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and The Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway (State Road 14), on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cerrillos NM 87010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Cerrillos Hills State Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gold and Turquoise (approx. 6.7 miles away); Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) (approx. 6.7 miles away); Amelia Elizabeth White / Mary Cabot Wheelwright (approx. 6.7 miles away); Three Wise Women
Cerillos Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
2. Cerillos Marker
(approx. 6.7 miles away); Sisters of Charity (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bicentennial Celebration / La Bajada (approx. 6.7 miles away); Maria Gertrudis Barceló (approx. 6.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Cerrillos Historical Society. “Spring 1880 – Cerrillos boasts 26 saloons, an unverifiable factoid, but entirely possible. All you need for a saloon is a tent, a few bottles and a card table. If you aspire to be a First Class Saloon however, then you also need some upstairs entertainment. . . . 1958 – Walt Disney shoots portions of The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca in Cerrillos. 1962 – The Cerrillos primary school is closed because of diminished enrollment and economic problems.” (Submitted on April 21, 2012.) 

2. Mount Chalchihuitl. Short video on Cerrillos Hills Historic Park on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. Includes a discussion of Mount Chalchihuitl, just north of Cerrillos, thought to be one of the oldest prehistoric mines in North America. (Submitted on October 29, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

3. Cerrillos Mining District. Article about mining in the Cerrillos Hills covering prehistoric, Spanish Colonial times, and American 19th century. (Submitted on October 29, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
Back of Cerrillos Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
3. Back of Cerrillos Marker
 
 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
 
Cerrillos Hills image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
4. Cerrillos Hills
The town of Cerrillos is dead center in this photograph, where the bell tower of St. Joseph’s Church can be seen above the tree line.
First Street, Cerrillos, New Mexico image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
5. First Street, Cerrillos, New Mexico
Mary’s Bar is still open. The railroad crossing is over the former AT&SF main line between Kansas City, Albuquerque, and points west.
First Street, Cerrillos, New Mexico image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 15, 2012
6. First Street, Cerrillos, New Mexico
The Antonio Simioni Building, closed. St. Joseph’s Church is out of frame to the right.
Mount Chalchihuitl image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 16, 2013
7. Mount Chalchihuitl
Mount Chalchihuitl, just north of Cerrillos, thought to be one of the oldest prehistoric mines (turquoise) in North America. Chalchihuitl is the lower hill in the foreground.
Mount Chalchihuitl image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, October 16, 2013
8. Mount Chalchihuitl
One of the many prehistoric turquoise mines on Mount Chalchihuitl.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 21, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   7, 8. submitted on October 29, 2013, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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