Gold and Turquoise
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Avi8torAce
N 35° 31.639 W 106° 09.396
13S E 395137 N 3932138
Quick Description: Official Scenic Marker
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 4:55:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM38P3
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
The prominent hills to the east and to the left are the Cerrillos Hills, site of ancient turquoise mines worked by the Indians before the arrival of the Spanish. The Cerrillos ("little hills" in Spanish") are regarded as the oldest mining district in the United States, and New Mexico is a major producer.

First gold placer mining west of the Mississippi began with the discovery of the precious metal in the rugged Ortiz Mountains south of here in 1828, 21 years before the California gold rush. Since then, the district has produced more than 99,000 ounces of placer gold. Gold is currently produced from lode deposits.

Elevation: 6,200 feet
Link to History,Plaque or Sign:: [Web Link]

History:: Not listed

Additional Point: Not Listed

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