Fort Union National Monument / Santa Fe Trail

Fort Union National Monument / Santa Fe Trail (HMUTW)

Location: Wagon Mound, NM 87752 Mora County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 52.67', W 104° 51.545'

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1851-1891

Side A:
Fort Union National Monument 1851-1891

Once the largest post in the Southwest, Fort Union was established to control the Jicarilla Apaches and Utes, to protect the Santa Fe Trail, and to serve as a supply depot for other New Mexico forts. The arrival of the railroad and the pacification of the region led to its abandonment in 1891.

Side B:
Santa Fe Trail

The difficulty of bringing caravans over rocky and mountainous Raton Pass kept most wagon traffic on the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail until the 1840's. Afterwards, the Mountain Branch, which here approaches Raton Pass, became more popular with traders, immigrants, gold seekers, and government supply trains.
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HM NumberHMUTW
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series, and the Santa Fe Trail series.
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Placed ByNew Mexico Historic Preservation Division
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:12am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 512720 N 3970407
Decimal Degrees35.87783333, -104.85908333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.67', W 104° 51.545'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 40.20" N, 104° 51' 32.70" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 315 Canam Hwy, Wagon Mound NM 87752, US
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