The people, geological features, and historic events that have made New Mexico what it is today are commemorated in over 350 historic markers along the state's roads. This guide, arranged geographically, beginning with the Four Corners region, is designed to fill in the gaps and answer the questions those markers provoke, offering the additional information that the interested traveller is sure to want. Geological and scenic markers for the Rio Grande, the Colorado Plateau, and such uniquely New Mexican features as the Jornada del Muerto and the Valles Caldera explicate the state's physical landscape. The presence of early human inhabitants is marked at Blackwater Draw, the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and Aztec and Salmon ruins, among other spots. Most pueblos and tribes have markers, and the early incursions of the Spanish are commemorated as well as Spanish and Mexican settlement patterns. The American occupation is marked at forts, battlefields, and survey points. Missions, trails, ghost towns, battle sites, settlements, and outlaws are all represented with markers, as are such symbols of New Mexico as the Santa Fe Opera and Smokey the Bear.
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 434
Weight: 908 g
Dimensions: 255 x 175 x 28 mm
." . . a great basic informal guide, recommended for frequent New Mexico motorists as well as armchair travelers. . . . This book could be a great starting point for organizing historical tours."
""Roadside New Mexico" provides the location, marker text, and additional information for hundreds of New Mexico's roadside markers. The markers, and therefore the book, describe the historical events, the people, and the geological features that make New Mexico, well, New Mexico. The book would be a nice addition to your car library as you travel through the state, but it's also a lot of fun to just thumb through."
"Here is the ideal book for the traveler who will be visiting The Land of Enchantment or for the 'unhorsed reader' who visits the West from his or her easy chair. . . . Our recomendation is for those with a casual interest in America's past who wish to obtain a good grasp of the state's history to adopt this work; for those planning to visit the state this will be an indispensable tool which will make the visit much more meaningful."