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Clayton in Union County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton

 
 
<i>Side A:</i><br>Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
1. Side A:
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff Marker
Inscription. This is a two sided marker
Side A:
Santa Fe Trail
Cimarron Cutoff
The Santa Fe Trail was the major trade route between New Mexico and Missouri from 1821 until arrival of the railroad in 1880. The Cimarron Cutoff, a major branch of the Trail, passed through this portion of northeast New Mexico. Some of the best preserved segments of the Trail route are located at nearby Kiowa National Grasslands, along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.

Side B:
Clayton
Population 2,968 ~ Elevation 4,969
Trade caravans and homesteaders traveling the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail passed near here. Clayton was founded in 1887 and named for the son of cattleman and ex-Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, one of its developers. It became a major livestock shipping center for herds from the Pecos Valley and the Texas Panhandle.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 27.427′ N, 103° 10.245′ W. Marker is in Clayton, New Mexico, in Union County. Marker is on U.S. 56 at milepost 83.5, on the
<i>Side B:</i><br> Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
2. Side B:
Clayton Marker
left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clayton NM 88415, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Fe Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Jack Ketchum (approx. 1.2 miles away); Clayton Dinosaur Trackway (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rabbit Ear Mountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Clayton (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Rabbit Ear Mountain (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Clayton (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
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Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
3. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 17, 2012
4. Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the preserved segments of the Trail route located at nearby Kiowa National Grasslands. • Can you help?
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