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

First Automobile in New Mexico

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
1. First Automobile in New Mexico Marker
Inscription. Robert L. Dodson bought a steam-powered Locomobile in Denver with plans to drive it to Albuquerque. Accompanied by a Locomobile representative, on November 30, 1900, the pair became the first motorists to traverse treacherous Raton Pass into New Mexico. The trip to Raton, largely on wagon roads, took five days. A few days later the Locomobile arrived in Albuquerque to fanfare and some consternation.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 36° 53.112′ N, 104° 26.35′ W. Marker is in Raton, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Clayton Road and Whittier Street, on the right when traveling west on Clayton Road. Touch for map. Marker is on the northwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Raton NM 87740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mountain Route (a few steps from this marker); Raton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Road to Santa Fe - Over the Pass / Santa Fe Trail Country - "Uncle Dick" Wootton (approx. 7.8 miles away in Colorado); Raton Pass (approx. 7.9 miles away in Colorado).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
2. First Automobile in New Mexico 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.
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By Bill Kirchner, September 21, 2014
3. First Automobile in New Mexico Marker
 
 
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 430 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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