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Anthony in Dona Ana County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Butterfield Trail/Espejo's Expedition

/On the Camino Real

 
 
Butterfield Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
1. Butterfield Trail Marker
Inscription. Stagecoaches of the Butterfield Overland Mail Co. began carrying passengers and mail from St. Louis to San Francisco, across southern New Mexico, in 1858. The 2,795-mile journey took 21-22 days. In 1861 the service was re-routed through Salt Lake City. Here the trail followed the Rio Grande northward to La Mesilla.

[other side]
Trying to locate two Franciscan friars, Antonio de Espejo in 1582 led an expedition up the Rio Grande near here. The two friars had remained among the Tiwa Indians near Bernalillo after the Rodríguez-Sánchez Chamuscado expedition returned to Mexico in 1581. When he reached the Tiwas in 1583, Espejo learned that the missionairies were dead.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583, the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro marker series.
 
Location. 32° 0.389′ N, 106° 34.901′ W. Marker is in Anthony, New Mexico, in Dona Ana County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 10. Touch for map. Located off Northbound I-10. Marker is in this post office area: Anthony NM 88021, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brazito Battlefield (here,
Espejo's Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
2. Espejo's Expedition Marker
next to this marker); Oñate’s Route (a few steps from this marker); El Paso (approx. 1.7 miles away in Texas); Texas (approx. 1.7 miles away in Texas); Paraje de los Brazitos (approx. 9.2 miles away); Fusselman Canyon (approx. 10.1 miles away in Texas); Mexican War Refugee Camp (approx. 15.6 miles away in Texas); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 15.7 miles away in Texas). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anthony.
 
More about this marker. One of three markers in front of the Visitor Center.
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable PersonsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Three markers in front of Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 12, 2008
3. Three markers in front of Visitor Center
Three markers as viewed from the other side. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
4. Three markers as viewed from the other side.
Left to right they are: Espejo's Expedition, El Camino Real and Brazito Battlefield.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,825 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.   4. submitted on November 18, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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