Near Grenville in Union County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
Here, near two landmarks of the trail, Round Mound and Rabbit Ears, wagon trains camped for the night. William Becknell, the trader who inaugurated the Santa Fe Trail in 1821, came this way on his return trip east while forging the smoother Cimarron Route across the plains.
Unlike the great emigrant trails to the north, the Santa Fe Trail ran both ways, with traders from Mexico, or returning U.S. traders, carrying Mexican silver, gold, mules, buffalo and beaver pelts to waiting markets in Missouri.
"As the caravans passed under the northern base of the Round Mound, it presented a very fine and imposing spectacle to those who were upon its summit. The wagons marched slowly in four parallel columns . . . .The unceasing 'crack, crack,' of the wagoners' whips, resembling the frequent reports of distant guns."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 33.992′ N, 103° 34.019′ W. Marker is near Grenville, New Mexico, in Union County. Marker is on U.S. 64 0.3 miles south of 1st Street (Road 453), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grenville NM 88424, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Santa-Fe Trail (here, next to this marker).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. New Mexico Scenic Drive: Santa Fe Trail. (Submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on William Becknell. (Submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.