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Historical Markers in San Juan County, New Mexico

 
Clickable Map of San Juan County, New Mexico 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 San Juan County, NM (28) McKinley County, NM (24) Rio Arriba County, NM (35) Sandoval County, NM (27) Apache County, AZ (48) Archuleta County, CO (6) La Plata County, CO (32) Montezuma County, CO (62) San Juan County, UT (46)  SanJuanCounty(28) San Juan County (28)  McKinleyCounty(24) McKinley County (24)  RioArribaCounty(35) Rio Arriba County (35)  SandovalCounty(27) Sandoval County (27)  ApacheCountyArizona(48) Apache County (48)  ArchuletaCountyColorado(6) Archuleta County (6)  LaPlataCounty(32) La Plata County (32)  MontezumaCounty(62) Montezuma County (62)  SanJuanCountyUtah(46) San Juan County (46)
Aztec is the county seat for San Juan County
Adjacent to San Juan County, New Mexico
      McKinley County (24)  
      Rio Arriba County (35)  
      Sandoval County (27)  
      Apache County, Arizona (48)  
      Archuleta County, Colorado (6)  
      La Plata County, Colorado (32)  
      Montezuma County, Colorado (62)  
      San Juan County, Utah (46)  
 
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1New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — "For the Enlightenment of the Nation" — Aztec Ruins National Monument
Working from his house and publishing through the American Natural History Museum, Earl Morris intrigued the nation with his findings at Aztec Ruins. In 1923 the site Morris had known since boyhood was preserved as a national monument . . . Map (db m71078) HM
2New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — A Daring Plan — Aztec Ruins National Monument — Old Spanish National Historic Trail —
On the evening of November 17, 1829, Manuel Armijo and his caravan of about 60 men and 100 mules crossed the Las Animas River at a shallow point near here and made camp. This was only the 10th night of a three-month journey along an untested route. . . . Map (db m184353) HM
3New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — A River's Ancient Gifts — Aztec Ruins National Monument
A ribbon of green in an arid land, the 126-mile Animas River brings a most precious gift to the Four Corners region: reliable year-round water. Starting in the San Juan Mountains, the Animas joins the San Juan River just south of here at Farmington. . . . Map (db m184354) HM
4New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — A Vibrant Pueblo — Aztec Ruins National Monument
In the early 1100s, travelers on this familiar path could see a sprawling settlement ahead. Across the river, ceremonial kivas and great houses with hundreds of rooms dominated the landscape. Smaller house-style unit pueblos and farming areas spread . . . Map (db m184352) HM
5New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Armijo Returns Triumphant — Aztec Ruins National Monument — Old Spanish National Historic Trail —
On an April evening in 1830, trader Antonio Armijo and a tattered group of men and boys, stubborn pack mules, and wild California horses passed through this area on their way to Santa Fe. Near the end of a hard, dangerous journey, men and animals . . . Map (db m184356) HM
6New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — At Home on the River — Aztec Ruins National Monument
Though you may not notice at first, wildlife thrives along the Animas River. These rich, green corridors, or "riparian zones," provide animals with food, water, and shelter. Archeological research tells us that in the centuries since Ancestral . . . Map (db m184355) HM
7New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Aztec — Population 5512 - Elevation 5460 ft.
Aztec, named for the nearby National Monument, was founded in 1876 when portions of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation were opened for non Indian settlement. It is the seat of San Juan County, which was created in 1887 partially as a response to the . . . Map (db m36464) HM
8New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Aztec Ruins National Monument
Despite its name, this magnificent site reflects 11th century influence from nearby Chaco Canyon rather than from the later Aztecs of Mexico. The striking masonry pueblos illustrate the classic Chaco architectural style with later Mesa Verde . . . Map (db m36466) HM
9New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Aztec Ruins National Monument
Despite its name, this magnificent site reflects 11th century influence from nearby Chaco Canyon rather than from the later Aztecs of Mexico. The striking masonry pueblos illustrate the classic Chaco architectural style with later Mesa Verde . . . Map (db m36467) HM
10New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Aztec Ruins National Monument
Through the collective recognition of the community of nations, expressed within the principles of the convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage Aztec Ruins National Monument has been designated an outlier . . . Map (db m71077) HM
11New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Crossroads Through Time — Aztec Ruins National Monument
You are standing among many thousands of years of connecting networks, layered over each other across generations. This is a place of ancient farming, with a river offering dependable water and stable soil for planting. It is a place of gathering, . . . Map (db m184351) HM
12New Mexico (San Juan County), Bloomfield — City of Bloomfield
Prehistoric farmers established major communities along the rivers of this region in the eleventh century. Eight hundred years later, historic settlement was also made possible by abundant water. Bloomfield was established in 1879 near a site which . . . Map (db m36460) HM
13New Mexico (San Juan County), Bloomfield — Salmon Ruin
In the late 11th century, influence from Chaco Canyon, 45 miles south of here, began to be felt at this site and at nearby Aztec Ruins National Monument. The Chacoans abandoned this large and well-built masonry pueblo by 1150, and shortly . . . Map (db m36457) HM
14New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — Bisti Wilderness
The highly scenic badlands of the Bisti were created by the erosion and weathering of interbedded shale, sandstone and coal formations into unusual forms. The area is also rich in fossil flora and fauna. 3,946 acres of the Badlands were designated a . . . Map (db m52706) HM
15New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — Farmington — Population 30,792 Elevation 5395 ft
Until 1876 this area comprised part of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Anglo settlement quickly began at the confluence of the San Juan, Animas, and La Plata Rivers. Farmington became a ranching and farming area and, later, an important producer . . . Map (db m36469) HM
16New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — 177 — Farmington, New Mexico
First settled 1876 to 1878 by families of William and Marion B. Hendrickson, Charles and Milton Virden, Orville Pyle, A.F. Miller and William Lock. The first school-house was built in 1879; the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1886. William Lock . . . Map (db m22805) HM
17New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — Footloose in Farmington: — A Historic Perspective of Downtown
Farmington, New Mexico, the heart of the Four Corners, boasts a thriving downtown, where character, history and culture fuse in a mixture of places and events. Originally the land in what is now Northwest New Mexico was known as Tσta’ . . . Map (db m22861) HM
18New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — Harriet Belle Amsden Sammons (1876-1954) — Bank President
Harriet was an astute financial manager and the first female bank president in New Mexico, operating the First National Bank in Farmington from 1922 until 1951. During the Depression she bought out San Juan National Bank, keeping it solvent and . . . Map (db m59629) HM
19New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — Hogback
Steeply dipping strata define the western edge of the San Juan basin. To the west older geologic formations are exposed toward the Defiance uplift whereas basinward they are downwarped thousands of feet beneath younger rock units. Vast coal, . . . Map (db m36456) HM
20New Mexico (San Juan County), Farmington — The Hunters
"The Hunters arrived in Farmington in 1891 and donated the land for this plaza to the city of Farmington in May 1902. This pavilion is dedicated to the memory of the Hunters for their generosity and community spirit in helping Farmington grow."Map (db m185385) HM
21New Mexico (San Juan County), Nageezi — Ancient Astronomers
Atop Fajada Butte Chacoan skywatchers commemorated the movement of the sun and the seasons. Sunlight passed between three boulder slabs onto a spiral petroglyph to mark the sun's position on the summer solstice, winter solstice, and the equinoxes. . . . Map (db m120182) HM
22New Mexico (San Juan County), Nageezi — Chaco: A World Heritage Site — A Place the Whole World Honors
Chaco Culture was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Chaco Canyon was a major cultural center between 850 and 1250 CE, and is remarkable both for its monumental architecture and its status as a center of trade, politics, and . . . Map (db m120186) HM
23New Mexico (San Juan County), Nageezi — Fajada Butte
Fajada Butte dominates the landscape. Exposed rock layers reveal the regions geologic and human history. Cliff House Sandstone forms the upper layer with deposits of fossil shells, clams, shark teeth, and marine sand. Menefee Formation forms . . . Map (db m120180) HM
24New Mexico (San Juan County), Shiprock — Beclabito Dome
Colorful red rocks of Entrada Sandstone are domed up by deep seated igneous intrusions to be exposed by erosion. The same igneous activity created the Carrizo Mountains to the west. Uranium deposits in the Morrison Formation just above the Entrada . . . Map (db m36455) HM
25New Mexico (San Juan County), Shiprock — Four Corners – A Common Bond
This is the only place in the United States marking the common corner of four states – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Who established this corner? The four corners monument was established and perpetuated by U.S. Government . . . Map (db m36522) HM
26New Mexico (San Juan County), Shiprock — New Mexico — (Four Corners)
In 1868, U.S. Surveyor Ehud N. Darling surveyed the 37 parallel of latitude to establish the territorial boundary of Colorado and New Mexico. He placed specially marked stones at intervals along the surveyed line that started at the northeast . . . Map (db m36529) HM
27New Mexico (San Juan County), Shiprock — Shiprock
This huge volcanic neck was formed in Pliocene times, over 3,000,000 years ago. It rises 1700 feet above the surrounding plain and is famed in legends of the Navajo as "Sa-bit-tai-e" (the rock with the wings). They hold that it was the great bird . . . Map (db m30013) HM
28New Mexico (San Juan County), Shiprock — Welcome to Four Corners Monument! — Four Corners Monument Trail System
The monument was first surveyed in 1875 and that remarkable feat of surveying precision and accuracy stands today. The tribal park which was first identified with a concrete pad in 1912, improved in the 60's and graced with its current look in 2010. . . . Map (db m184213) HM
 
 
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Jul. 3, 2022