Roswell's First General Store and Post Office Historical

Roswell's First General Store and Post Office Historical (HM1XXZ)

Location: Roswell, NM 88201 Chaves County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 23.828', W 104° 31.378'

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Roswell's first general store and post office stood near this spot. The building was constructed by Van C. Smith in 1870 and hosted a somewhat famous postmaster, Ash Upton, who was a political player in the Lincoln County War and the ghost writer of Pat Garrett's The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid . Van C. Smith named the town Roswell in May 1872 after his father Roswell Smith. The post office opened in August 1873. Although Smith founded Roswell, Captain Joseph C. Lea, wo later acquired the post office, is credited with Roswell's early prosperity. The general store was remodeled and expanded over the years. Some of the original walls were still standing in 1997 when this block was demolished to make room for Pioneer Plaza, named for the "Pioneer Block" of commercial buildings built by John W. Poe circa 1905-1909.
Funding support provided by Lawrence C. Harris, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the 2012 Centennial Committee
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Date Added Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 544361 N 3695416
Decimal Degrees33.39713333, -104.52296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 23.828', W 104° 31.378'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 23' 49.68" N, 104° 31' 22.68" W
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Area Code(s)505
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 422-474 US-285, Roswell NM 88201, US
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