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Near Alamosa in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition

1806 - 7

 
 
Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
1. Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker
Inscription. Travel the route of these explorers and read Lt. Pike’s own words from his journal.

U.S. Army Expedition to explore the United States new southwest boundary with New Spain.

The men:
Lt. Zebulon M. Pike
Dr. John H. Robinson
Sgt. William Meek
Corp. Jeremish Jackson
privates:
John Brown
Jacob Carter
William Gordon
Theodore Miller
John Mountjoy
Alexander Roy
Freegift Stout

The Expedition:
29th January: 1807 (Pike)
“Finding the distance too great to attempt crossing immediately to the river, ... we marched obliquely to a copse of woods, which made a considerable distance from the mountains. Saw sign of horses.
30th January: 1807 (Pike)
We marched hard and arrived in the evening on the bank of Rio del Norte”.

Site of this sign:
You are standing upon a trail well traveled for centuries. The mountains towering above form a ring around Mount Blanca, known to the Navajo as the Sacred Mtn. of the East. Today, thousands of visitors annually make their own trek to the Great Sand Dunes and San Luis Lakes. These natural wonders have been destinations for humans since ancient times.

From the careful logbooks by early explorers like Lewis & Clark and Zebulon Pike, the mapmakers of Washington were kept busy
Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (©2014 Google), September 2012
2. Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition Marker
Marker is at far end of pull-out
View to north along State Route 150
creating new images of the mostly unknown Rocky Mountains. This original map was published in 1807.

November 27th:
“The unbounded prairie was overhung with clouds, which appeared like the ocean in a storm ... the thermometer ... here fell to 4 degrees below 0.”
1806 (Pike)

December 25th:
“800 miles from the frontiers of our country, in the most inclement season of the year, not one person clothed for the winter; many without blankets, ...”
1806 (Pike)

(Text in lower right corner is illegible)
 
Location. 37° 28.668′ N, 105° 36.129′ 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. ... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome "Caminante" to ... (within shouting distance of this marker); On Sacred Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Magic Dog" (within
Blanca Peak image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
3. Blanca Peak
View to northeast from the marker
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.
 
Also see . . .  Pike's Crisis in Colorado. From the Zebulon M. Pike Expedition and Pike National Historic Trail Association website. (Submitted on February 20, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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