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New Mexico (Colfax County), Angel Fire — Vietnam Veterans National Memorial
This chapel was erected in 1968 by Dr. Victor Westphall in memory of his son David Westphall and all U.S. personnel killed in the fighting in Vietnam. It was first dedicated as the Vietnam Veterans Peace and Brotherhood Chapel, and on May 30, 1983, . . . — Map (db m45749) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — Black Jack’s Hideout / Colfax County War
Side A: Black Jack’s Hideout In Turkey Creek Canyon near here, the outlaw gang of Thomas “Black Jack” Ketchum had one of its hideouts. After a train robbery in July 1899, a posse surprised the gang at the hideout. The . . . — Map (db m45784) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — Cimarron Canyon
You are now at the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain boundary. The Cimarron Range, one of the eastern-most ranges of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in this part of New Mexico. Elevation 6,800 feet. — Map (db m45764) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — Cimarron Canyon State Park
This high mountain park is part of a state wildlife area and is managed by the New Mexico State Park Division in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Trout fishing is excellent in the Cimarron River, and the park offers fine . . . — Map (db m45755) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — Palisades Sill
These spectacular cliffs are cut by the Cimarron River through igneous rock known as a sill and composed of the rock type monzonite which was emplaced some 40 million years ago as these Southern Rocky Mountains were being uplifted. Elevation 8,000 . . . — Map (db m45753) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — Santa Fe Trail
Side A: The difficulty of bringing caravans over rocky and mountainous Raton Pass kept most wagon traffic on the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail until the 1840's. Afterwards, the Mountain Branch, which here approaches Raton Pass, . . . — Map (db m45821) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Cimarron — The Saint James Hotel
The Saint James Hotel Has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1872 — Map (db m45779) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Eagle Nest — Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Eagle Nest was a place where members of several Indian tribes were said to have come to collect ceremonial feathers. Before 1919, Charles Springer acquired the land and built a dam for irrigation. It now has a capacity of 78,000 acre feet and . . . — Map (db m45752) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Eagle Nest — Elizabethtown
The discovery of gold on Baldy Mountain in 1866 brought such a rush of fortune-seekers to the Moreno Valley that “E-town” became a roaring mining camp almost overnight. Because of water and transportation problems, and a decline in ore . . . — Map (db m45751) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Eagle Nest — Wheeler Peak
Across Moreno Valley stands Wheeler Peak, 13,161 feet, highest peak in New Mexico. Rocks of Wheeler Peak and the Taos Range are highly resistant granites and gneisses of Precambrian age. Moreno Valley is underlain by soft sandstones and shales which . . . — Map (db m45750) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Raton — Clifton House Site
Three-quarters of a mile west of here at the Canadian River crossing was the popular overnight stage stop on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Clifton House Site was built in 1867 by rancher Tom Stockton, with materials brought overland from Dodge City. For . . . — Map (db m107281) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Raton — First Automobile in New Mexico
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 . . . — Map (db m77850) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Raton — RatonPopulation 8,225 – Elevation 6,379
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 . . . — Map (db m77849) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Raton — The Mountain Route
To the north is Raton Pass, a treacherous connection through the rough mountain terrain between Colorado and New Mexico. Wagon trains traveling on the Santa Fe Trail camped here, at a trail stop called Willow Springs, to either prepare for or . . . — Map (db m77851) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Raton — Women of the Santa Fe Trail / New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
Women of the Santa Fe Trail The Women of the Santa Fe Trail endured untold hardships traveling across the Great Plains. In 1829, six Hispanic women were the first known female travelers going east on the trail. In 1832, Mary Donoho . . . — Map (db m107280) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Springer — Old Colfax County Courthouse
Built in 1879 at a cost of $9,800, this building served as the Colfax County Courthouse from 1882 through 1897, when the county seat was moved to Raton. This building housed the New Mexico reform school for boys from 1910 to 1917 and has been a . . . — Map (db m55206) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Springer — Point of Rocks / The Dorsey Mansion
This is a two sided marker Side A: Point of Rocks Point of Rocks was a major landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. Located in Jicarilla Apache country, it was near here that the party of Santa Fe merchant J.W. White was attacked . . . — Map (db m55207) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Springer — SpringerPopulation 1,696 - Elevation 5,857
Located in the old Maxwell Land Grant and near the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail, Springer served as Colfax County seat from 1882 to 1897. Several men were killed here in one of the late flare-ups of the Colfax County War, a dispute between . . . — Map (db m45823) HM
New Mexico (Colfax County), Springer — View of the Rockies
This is a two sided marker Side A: Reaching altitudes more than 13,000 feet, well watered, and forested, the Rocky Mountains are host to numerous recreational activities including skiing, fishing, hunting, and camping. To the north . . . — Map (db m55208) HM

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