The Spanish Trail
Posted by: JacobBarlow
N 38° 23.612 W 109° 27.144
12S E 635149 N 4250613
Quick Description: Kane Springs, San Juan County, was a major water stop along the historic Spanish Trail, in use from 1829 to 1848.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 8/10/2007 1:36:19 PM
Waymark Code: WM1ZNM
Kane Springs, San Juan County, was a major water stop along the historic Spanish Trail, in use from 1829 to 1848. Large trade caravans halted here and drank from the abundant spring waters. In autumn months, pack trains carried woolen textiles and raw wool over the trail from the settlements on the upper Rio Grande to the coastal towns of California. On reaching California, wool merchants exchanged their goods for horses and mules, which were driven back to New Mexico the following spring. It took trail riders over two months to complete the journey. The 1,120-mile route, from Santa Fe, New Mexico; to Los Angeles, California, followed a northward looping course that passed through the rugged southern and central landscapes of Utah. This trail avoided the deep canyons of the Colorado River and the hostile Indians of Arizona. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican war, the territory encompassing the Spanish Trail became part of the United States. Thereafter, caravan traffic followed direct east-west lines. In the post-trail period, the waters of Kane Springs refreshed weary travelers, cattle drovers, pioneer settlers, and outlaws.
Marker Name: The Spanish Trail
Marker Type: Roadside
County: San Juan
City: Kane Springs
Group Responsible for Placement: DUP
Marker Number: 487
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Addtional Information: Not listed
Date Dedicated: Not listed
In your log, please say if you learned something new, and if you took any extra time to explore the area once you stopped at the historic marker waymark.
If possible please post a photo of you OR your GPS at the marker location.
Also if you know of any additional links not already mentioned about this bit of Utah history please include that in your log.