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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clayton, New Mexico

 
Clickable Map of Union 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 Union County, NM (21) Colfax County, NM (21) Harding County, NM (2) Quay County, NM (13) Baca County, CO (2) Las Animas County, CO (24) Cimarron County, OK (7) Dallam County, TX (11) Hartley County, TX (7)  UnionCounty(21) Union County (21)  ColfaxCounty(21) Colfax County (21)  HardingCounty(2) Harding County (2)  QuayCounty(13) Quay County (13)  BacaCountyColorado(2) Baca County (2)  LasAnimasCounty(24) Las Animas County (24)  CimarronCountyOklahoma(7) Cimarron County (7)  DallamCountyTexas(11) Dallam County (11)  HartleyCounty(7) Hartley County (7)
Location of Clayton, New Mexico
    Union County (21)
    Colfax County (21)
    Harding County (2)
    Quay County (13)
    Baca County, Colorado (2)
    Las Animas County, Colorado (24)
    Cimarron County, Oklahoma (7)
    Dallam County, Texas (11)
    Hartley County, Texas (7)
 
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1New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Black Jack Ketchum
Thomas "Black Jack" Ketchum, leader of a notorious band of train robbers, was wounded in August 1899 while trying to rob a train near Folsom. He surrendered the next day. He was tried and convicted under a law making train robbery a capital offense, . . . Map (db m55462) HM
2New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — ClaytonPopulation 2,968 ~ Elevation 4,969
Trade caravans and homesteaders traveling the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail passed near here. Clayton was founded in 1887 and named for the son of cattleman and ex-Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, one of its developers. It became a major livestock . . . Map (db m55209) HM
3New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — ClaytonPopulation 2,968 ~ Elevation 4,969
Trade caravans and homesteaders traveling the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail passed near here. Clayton was founded in 1887 and named for the son of cattleman and ex-Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, one of its developers. It became a major livestock . . . Map (db m55218) HM
4New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Clayton Dinosaur Trackway
One of the best dinosaur track sites in the world can be viewed at Clayton Lake State Park. More than 500 fossilized footprints, made by at least eight kinds of dinosaurs, are visible on the lake’s spillway. These tracks were embedded in the mud . . . Map (db m55233) HM
5New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Rabbit Ear Mountain
These two striking mounds were the first features to become visible to Santa Fe Trail traffic crossing into New Mexico from Oklahoma, and so became important landmarks for caravans. From here, traffic on this major 19th century commercial route . . . Map (db m55217) HM
6New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Rabbit Ear Mountain
These two striking mounds were the first features to become visible to Santa Fe Trail traffic crossing into New Mexico from Oklahoma, and so became important landmarks for caravans. From here, traffic on this major 19th century commercial route . . . Map (db m55219) HM
7New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Santa Fe Trail
William Becknell, the first Santa Fe Trail trader, entered Santa Fe in 1821 after Mexico became independent from Spain and opened its frontier to foreign traders. The Mountain Branch over Raton Pass divided here. One fork turned to Cimarron, . . . Map (db m55235) HM
8New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — Santa Fe Trail - Cimarron Cutoff / Clayton
This is a two sided marker Side A: Santa Fe Trail Cimarron Cutoff The Santa Fe Trail was the major trade route between New Mexico and Missouri from 1821 until arrival of the railroad in 1880. The Cimarron Cutoff, a . . . Map (db m55236) HM
9New Mexico (Union County), Clayton — The Santa Fe Trail / Who Traveled The Trail?Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway
Near where you are standing was one of the great overland trade routes of the 19th century. Connecting Franklin, Missouri, with Santa Fe, New Mexico, the trail ran 900 miles through rough terrain hostile to all but the hardiest traders set . . . Map (db m162262) HM
 
Jun. 15, 2021