Wagon Mound

Also known as: Santa Clara Spring
E of Wagon Mound on U.S. 85, Wagon Mound, New Mexico

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Wagonmound

By Alix King - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4740690

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Description 

Wagon Mound, a lone stone butte, was the last great landmark on the westward journey across the plains of northeastern New Mexico. It was a guidepost seen by all travelers on the High Plains section of the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail. Santa Clara Spring, a natural camping spot two miles northwest of the mound, became the site of frequent Indian ambushes. Wagon Mound thus began to serve not only as a guide, but as a warning to travelers. Extensive ruts remain as evidence of the route of the trail. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 23, 1963

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000478
Areas of significance
Commerce; Military; Transportation; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic functions
Road-related; Camp; Conservation area
Current function
Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1822; 1868
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing structures: 3

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 25, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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