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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Alamosa County, Colorado

 
Clickable Map of Alamosa County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Alamosa County, CO (36) Conejos County, CO (3) Costilla County, CO (3) Huerfano County, CO (2) Rio Grande County, CO (6) Saguache County, CO (4)  AlamosaCounty(36) Alamosa County (36)  ConejosCounty(3) Conejos County (3)  CostillaCounty(3) Costilla County (3)  HuerfanoCounty(2) Huerfano County (2)  RioGrandeCounty(6) Rio Grande County (6)  SaguacheCounty(4) Saguache County (4)
Adjacent to Alamosa County, Colorado
    Conejos County (3)
    Costilla County (3)
    Huerfano County (2)
    Rio Grande County (6)
    Saguache County (4)
 
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1Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — "Old Mose"The King of the Grizzlies
According to Outdoor Life (April, 2004), Old Mose was the most famous grizzly ever to appear in their publication. This one bear was responsible for a myriad of depredations. Known for his distinctive footprint (he was missing two . . . Map (db m160761) HM
2Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — 1988 NAIA Division 1 National Championship Runner-Up
The only Adams State College football team to play in a NAIA Division 1 National Championship Coaching Staff Head Coach - Jeff Geiser Assistant Coaches Lynn Schuett, Chris DeLorenzo, Deano Crumley, Bill Stone, Dan McMinimee, John . . . Map (db m160787) HM
3Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Adams State College
Shortly after its creation in 1921, Adams State Normal School got caught in a political crossfire and received no state funding for construction. But Alamosa residents, quick studies when it came to higher education, raised the money to keep the . . . Map (db m160878) HM
4Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Alamosa
The first U.S. citizen known to have seen the site of present-day Alamosa, Lt. Zebulon M. Pike, was arrested nearby in 1807 for trespassing on Spanish soil. But the Spanish were trespassers themselves—the Utes occupied the land. The . . . Map (db m160914) HM
5Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Alamosa County
[Map captions, clockwise from top right, read] • Penitente Canyon [informational] • Great Sand Dunes National Park [informational] • Stations of the Cross Shrine [informational] • The Fort Garland Museum is a restored . . . Map (db m160927) HM
6Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Alamosa Depot
This monument is placed here to preserve the important history of the start of the whole San Luis Valley, by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad's entrance to Alamosa. The work train arrived in Alamosa in late 1877, and the first passenger train . . . Map (db m160877) HM
7Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — All Aboard for Alamosa!
Colorado's first home railroad was begun in 1871. William J. Palmer, Civil War veteran and founder of the Denver and Rio Grande, felt that transportation was the key to success in this new, undeveloped land. "Narrow gauge" railroad was a new . . . Map (db m160929) HM
8Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — American Legion Building
Designated Landmark City of Alamosa Historic Registry ———————————— Dickey-Springer Post No. 113 American Legion Laid by Charles G. Dawes . . . Map (db m160804) HM
9Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — American National Bank Building
Designated Landmark City of Alamosa Historic RegistryMap (db m160794) HM
10Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Denver & Rio Grande Western Locomotive No. 169
Emblematic of the courage, fortitude, and vision of those stalwart pioneers and valiant railroad builders who foresaw a great future in the Southwest, this monument is installed to guide the way for posterity in this mighty empire.

May this . . . Map (db m160928) HM

11Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Emperius Building
Designated Landmark City of Alamosa Historic RegistryMap (db m160792) HM
12Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — First Baptist Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m160802) HM
13Colorado (Alamosa County), Alamosa — Millstone, c. 1845
from Servilleta, an early settlement near Conejos, Colorado Gift of the Herbert Nance Family Luther Bean MuseumMap (db m160758) HM
14Colorado (Alamosa County), Blanca — "The Magic Dog"Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
The Utes called this valley “Tavi-we-a-gat” or Big Valley. They came here following in the footsteps of their ancestors along this Camino; their dogs pulled their belongings along the now paved byway. This fertile valley provided . . . Map (db m71876) HM
15Colorado (Alamosa County), Blanca — Los Caminos AntiguosLos Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
You have entered the land of the Río Bravo del Norte, the northernmost outpost of sixteenth century Spain. To the Spanish people, the San Luis Valley was a wild and unexplored place known only to the Native people. Amidst the beauty and towering . . . Map (db m71878) HM
16Colorado (Alamosa County), Blanca — Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition1806 - 7
Travel the route of these explorers and read Lt. Pike’s own words from his journal. U.S. Army Expedition to explore the United States new southwest boundary with New Spain. The men: Lt. Zebulon M. Pike Dr. John H. Robinson Sgt. . . . Map (db m71882) HM
17Colorado (Alamosa County), Blanca — On Sacred GroundLos Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
Isolated from the rest of Colorado, the San Luis Valley is often a forgotten place. For Native American tribes including the Utes, Apache, Navajos, and others, this Valley is a source of life - a place where humans and spirit enter and leave . . . Map (db m71875) HM
18Colorado (Alamosa County), Blanca — Welcome "Caminante" to ...Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
¡Bienvenidos! Caminantes! Come! Take a walk with us. We know an old song, El Caminante, which tells of taking a long walk along the ancient roads. Like the first prehistoric inhabitants, you too are a ‘caminante’, or one who walks upon . . . Map (db m71877) HM
19Colorado (Alamosa County), Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — A Landmark for PeopleGreat Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
“We can see the Dunes and the Crestone Needles from all over our ranch. When we are lost, that’s what we navigate by.” --local rancher Whether traveling on foot, by horseback, Model A, or the . . . Map (db m71051) HM
20Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — "Totally Unique and Unexpected"Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"Totally Unique and Unexpected!" —park visitor Welcome to the high elevation desert that is Great Sand Dunes! Does this landscape strike you as amazing, bizarre or totally out of place. If so, you’re not . . . Map (db m71050) HM
21Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — DimensionsGreat Sand Dunes National Monument
The scale of the Great Sand Dunes can be difficult to judge. The dunes you see from here are only the front lines of a sea of dunes that covers many square miles. How far do the dunes extend into the distance? The dunes are 8 miles (13km) . . . Map (db m104717) HM
22Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Evidence of a Changing World
This landscape is the result of dramatic climate changes that affected plants, animals, and humans. In ancient times, large shallow lakes existed on today's valley floor, and American Indians of the Clovis culture pursued great herds of large . . . Map (db m160699) HM
23Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Great Risk for Great RewardLos Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
In an attempt to settle unknown territory, the Mexican government offered a large gift of land, la merced, for anyone brave enough to attempt to settle the San Luis Valley. Mexican land grants made it possible for even a poor man to . . . Map (db m160677) HM
24Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — L.B. "Bill" CasselmanDedicated to
Pioneer conservationist and founding member of the Moffat - Hooper - Mosca Service League for his many years of dedicated service to the preservation of the natural beauty of the San Luis ValleyMap (db m160692) HM
25Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Los Caminos AntiguosLos Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
You have entered the land of the Río Bravo del Norte, the northernmost outpost of sixteenth century Spain. To the Spanish people, the San Luis Valley was a wild and unexplored place known only to the Native people. Amidst the beauty and towering . . . Map (db m160674) HM
26Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition1806-7
Travel the route of these explorers and read Lt. Pike’s own words from his journal. U.S. Army Expedition to explore the United States new southwest boundary with New Spain. The men: Lt. Zebulon M. Pike Dr. John H. Robinson Sgt. William . . . Map (db m160680) HM
27Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Pike and Southwest CommerceAn Inauspicious Beginning
29th January. Thursday. Finding the distance too great to attempt crossing immediately to the river, in a direct line, we marched obliquely to a copse of woods, which made down a considerable distance from the mountains. Distance 17 miles. Saw . . . Map (db m145393) HM
28Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Sangre de Cristo EcosystemGreat Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Different Life Zones Exist in the Mountains Imagine climbing the mountain in front of you. You might notice it gets cooler as you ascend. As the temperature drops, moisture in the air condenses, precipitation increases, and creates different . . . Map (db m71056) HM
29Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Sounds of SilencePike and his men enter New Spain through Medano Pass
On January 27, 1807, U.S. Army Lt. Zebulon Pike and nine soldiers (affectionally called "Dam'd Set of Rascals" by Pike) crossed the Sangre de Cristo Mountains over Medano Pass to enter the territory of New Spain. On orders of his commander, Pike's . . . Map (db m160702) HM
30Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Stepping into WildernessGreat Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
You are about to step into the Great Sand Dunes Wilderness. Its mood changes with the seasons, from the spacious solitude of winter, to spring and summer fun and play. Whatever the season of your visit, this unexpected wilderness offers . . . Map (db m71057) HM
31Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — The Mountain Barrier
Mountains and passes were important in the formation of the sand dunes. You are looking at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Prevailing southwesterly winds carrying sand across the San Luis Valley were blocked by the mountains. As the . . . Map (db m71055) HM
32Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Understanding the Great Sand Dunes System: the Sabkha
As you travel through these sandy grasslands, notice the bright white surface deposits visible along the highway to the west. The sabkha forms where sand is seasonally saturated by rising ground water. When the water evaporates away in late . . . Map (db m160687) HM
33Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Understanding the Great Sand Dunes System: the Sand Sheet
You are looking across a sandy grassland that is a vital part of the Great Sand Dunes geological system. The sand sheet lies between the dunefield and the sabkha. Its deepest portions may be remnants of an ancient lake system, but the surface is . . . Map (db m160700) HM
34Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Welcome "Caminante" to...Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
¡Bienvenidos! Caminantes! Come! Take a walk with us. We know an old song, El Caminante, which tells of taking a long walk along the ancient roads. Like the first prehistoric inhabitants, you too are a ‘caminante’, or one who walks upon . . . Map (db m160668) HM
35Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Who Owns This Land?Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway
Ready or not, with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, Hispano settlers (pobladores) of the San Luis Valley became Americans overnight. The pobladores of the large land grants were legally granted citizenship of the United . . . Map (db m160679) HM
36Colorado (Alamosa County), Mosca — Zebulon Pike's "sand-hills"Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On January 28, 1807, Lt. Zebulon Pike and his small band of tattered, hungry, foot-sore soldiers camped near here, having just crossed this snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Under orders from General James Wilkinson to explore the southwestern . . . Map (db m71884) HM
 
May. 5, 2021