Near Animas in Hidalgo County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Historical Marker No. 7
U.S. Mormon Battalion Trail
Lt. Stoneman with 21 men could not find a suitable route down the mountain. They began cutting a road but the task was to laborious and the progress slow. Col. Cooke then ordered the wagons unloaded and the supplies packed on horses and the mules for transport down the mountain. The wagons were lowered down the 40% grade by ropes. One wagon crashed to the canyon bottom. Henry Bigler wrote, "no other man but Cooke would attempt to cross wagons at such a place. Cooke had the spirit of a Bonaparte".
Wagon being lowered down steep slope with ropes
Col. Fred M. Reese - C&CH US Mormon Battalion
Project Supervisors - Marvin E. Follet and Ralph Mangum
Masonry - Denis Gregg
Sponsors - Douglas Boy Scouts
Scout Troupe 414
Lumber by Kiabab Lumber Inc. Artist - Ralph Reese Sign built and designed by Robin Button Thomas L. Kane Company
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Battalion marker series.
Location. 31° 30.628′ N, 109° 2.258′ W. Marker is near Animas, New Mexico, in Hidalgo County. Marker is on Geronimo Trail 1½ miles east of Arizona / New Mexico State line, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rodeo NM 88056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Geronimo Surrender Monument (approx. 13.9 miles away in Arizona).
Categories. • Exploration • Patriots & Patriotism • Roads & Vehicles • War, Mexican-American •
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