Near Alamosa in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Welcome “Caminante” to ...
Come! Take a walk with us. We know an old song, El Caminante, which tells of taking a long walk along the ancient roads. Like the first prehistoric inhabitants, you too are a ‘caminante’, or one who walks upon this land.”
The People of the San Luis Valley
“Almost five hundred years ago, the Navajos began hearing stories from our Pueblo neighbors about the strange men they had seen. These men had thick beards and were dressed in metal helmets and armor. They road from one place to another on animals that looked like large dogs.”
“As they rode, their iron weapons rattled noisily and sunlight glinted off their armor. Like a lost war party, they clanked and clanged their way across the American Southwest, stirring up great clouds of dust. We called them Naakaii, or Those-Who-Wander-Around. They were the Spaniards.”
“Dinetah” An Early History of the Navajo People
Lawrence D. Sundberg
Los Caminos Antiguos, already well worn and traveled by the sixteenth century, was a perfect inroad for Spanish explorers.
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“Año (year) 1858" was carved by early Hispanic settlers over a much older petroglyph along the Old Spanish Trail.
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Nomadic Native American people left their marks on the San Luis Valley. Their cultures were untouched by outside influences until the Spanish arrived in 1598.
Location. 37° 28.654′ N, 105° 36.124′ W. Marker is near Alamosa, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker is on State Highway 150 0.2 miles north of U.S. 160, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alamosa CO 81101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. On Sacred Ground (here, next to this marker); "The Magic Dog" (here, next to this marker); ... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway (here, next to this marker); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Garland (approx. 10.1 miles away); Fort Garland / Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 10.1 miles away); Costilla County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is part of an interpretive site on the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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