Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail Marcy Route, 1849 - Amarillo, Potter County, Texas
Address: SH 136, about 20 mi NE of Amarillo
Directions: From Amarillo, take SH 136 northeast about 20 miles (Marker is 9 miles north of junction of SH 136 with Highway 236).
Marker #: 5375002019
Year Dedicated: 1965
Size, type: 27" x 42"
Last reported condition: Refinish.
Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail Marcy Route, 1849 - Clearly visible to the northeast and southwest are ruts of the Old Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail, the overland route connecting river ports of Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Route gained national fame when Col. R.B. Marcy, U.S. Army, escorted party of 500 Arkansans--professional and business men and families--over this road in June 1849, on the way to California's gold fields. Scores of goldseekers in smaller groups also used the route that year. Old trail became proposed route in 1853 for first transcontinental railroad as surveyed by Lt. A.W. Whipple. Prior to the Civil War, this route had won Congressional support, but the War shifted sentiment so that Union Pacific, to the northward, actually was built first. During the War, a mail line left the Old Butterfield Stage Route in Eastern Oklahoma and went by way of this point over to Las Vegas and Santa Fe. In 1878 began usage of this link of road for a mail-stage line from the federal fort at Mobeetie, in the Texas Panhandle, to Las Vegas, New Mexico. The trail has not been used since 1888. (1965)
Decimal degrees:  N 35.463867   W -101.636156
Degrees, minutes: N 35 27.832   W 0101 38.169
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 260784, Northing 3927680
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