Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Spanish Trail

 
 
The Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
1. The Spanish Trail Marker
Inscription. Kane Springs, San Juan County, was a major water stop along the historic Spanish Trail, in use from 1829 to 1848. Large trade caravans halted here and drank from the abundant spring waters. In autumn months, pack trains carried woolen textiles and raw wool over the trail from the settlements on the upper Rio Grande to the coastal towns of California. On reaching California, wool merchants exchanged their goods for horses and mules, which were driven back to New Mexico the following spring. It took trail riders over two months to complete the journey.

The 1,120-mile route, from Santa Fe, New Mexico; to Los Angeles, California, followed a northward looping course that passed through the rugged southern and central landscapes of Utah. This trail avoided the deep canyons of the Colorado River and the hostile Indians of Arizona.

In 1848, at the end of the Mexican war, the territory encompassing the Spanish Trail became part of the United States. Thereafter, caravan traffic followed direct east-west lines. In the post-trail period, the waters of Kane Springs refreshed weary travelers, cattle drovers, pioneer settlers, and outlaws.
 
Erected 1996 by Monticello Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 487.)
 
Marker series.
The Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
2. The Spanish Trail Marker
This marker is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers marker series.
 
Location. 38° 23.611′ N, 109° 27.141′ W. Marker is near Monticello, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 191 at milepost 110.4, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the Kane Springs rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello UT 84535, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hole N” The Rock, Utah (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson Arch (approx. 9.4 miles away); Historic La Sal Post Office (approx. 12.3 miles away); Star Hall (approx. 13.5 miles away); The Old Log Cabin (approx. 13.5 miles away); Moab L.D.S. Church (approx. 13.5 miles away); Early L.D.S. Church (approx. 13.5 miles away); Elk Mountain Mission (approx. 13.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
 
More about this marker. Kane Springs is closer to Moab than Monticello, but Kane Springs is in the Monticello zip code area.
 
Categories. ExplorationRoads & Vehicles
 
The Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
3. The Spanish Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
Paid Advertisement