nevada historical markers
#141 - ARMIJO'S ROUTE
location: at Lake Mead Parkway near the River Mountains Loop Trail, Las Vegas
On January 8, 1830, the first pack train to pass from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles crossed Las Vegas Valley. Antonio Armijo, a Santa Fe merchant, commanded the train and roughly sixty men. The successful completion of the journey opened a trade route between the two Mexican provinces of New Mexico and California.
Described as the "longest, crookedest, most arduous pack mule route in the history of America," Armijo's party brought woolen goods to Los Angeles and returned to Sante Fe driving herds of valuable mules and horses. Later termed the Old Spanish Trail, this route was a principal means of transportation between the two Mexican territories until the end of the Mexican war in 1848.
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The Nevada State Historical Marker Program was launched in 1964 for Nevada's centennial to commemorate events such as the Old Spanish Trail in Southern Nevada and the great train robbery in Verdi, west of Reno.
These roadside markers bring attention to the places, people, and events that make up Nevada’s heritage. They are as diverse as the counties they are located within and range from the typical mining boom and bust town to the largest and most accessible petroglyph sites in Northern Nevada.
I started visiting the markers around my city during quarantine and I found that I enjoyed learning about the history of the land. I've almost seen all of the ones that are in my city and I hope to one day be able to visit more of the rural locations.
It's almost like a treasure hunt because you never know if the marker is going to still be standing in the original location or not. Over the years, the State Historic Preservation Office has decommissioned some markers because vandalism persists at certain sites or because marking some locations no longer seems appropriate for various reasons.
Thank you to Nevada Department of Transportation which has contributed considerable funding to maintain the markers for the last decade.
Other Important Sites:
Nevada State Historical Preservation Office
|| Nevada Landmarks's List
|| A Guide To Nevada's Historical Markers
The number of markers in the Nevada system.
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