Beacon to SettlementHere, in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks and the Wet Mountains, stands El Huerfano - "the orphan." This stark and lonely volcanic outcrop, named in the late 1700s by an unknown Spanish trader, had for centuries guided earlier Hispanos and Indian peoples passing through this country. After 1821 when this land became part of Mexico, Huerfano Butte served as a beacon to settlement. Northern migrating New Mexicans established plazas and placitas - small agricultural communities - along the Huerfano River and on nearby streams. The 450-year Hispano presence in Southern Colorado can be seen in the names of the region's rivers and mountains, towns and villages and in the face of its people.
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|Placed By||Colorado Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 514647 N 4177963|
|Decimal Degrees||37.74885000, -104.83373333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 44.931', W 104° 50.024'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 44' 55.86" N, 104° 50' 1.44" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near I-25, Walsenburg CO 81089, US|
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