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Raton in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Raton

Population 8,225 – Elevation 6,379

 
 
Raton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
1. Raton Marker
Inscription. Once the Willow Springs freight stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the town of Raton developed from A.T. & S.F. repair shops established when the railroad crossed Raton Pass in 1879. Valuable coal deposits attracted early settlers. Nearby Clifton House was a stagecoach stop until the Trail was abandoned after 1879.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 36° 53.107′ N, 104° 25.179′ W. Marker is in Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is on U.S. 64 at milepost 350, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Raton NM 87740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Automobile in New Mexico (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Mountain Route (approx. 1.1 miles away); Road to Santa Fe - Over the Pass / Santa Fe Trail Country - "Uncle Dick" Wootton (approx. 8.2 miles away in Colorado); Raton Pass (approx. 8.3 miles away in Colorado).
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Raton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
2. Raton Marker
Back of Marker
Points of Interest
New Mexico's Historic Markers typically have a map on the back side showing the location of other OSHM's. This is an excellent source of information when exploring for other Historical Markers and locations.
Raton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
3. Raton Marker
Main Street, Raton, New Mexico image. Click for full size.
circa 1908
4. Main Street, Raton, New Mexico
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on October 12, 2014. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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