Magdalena Livestock Driveway

Magdalena Livestock Driveway (HM155F)

Location: Magdalena, NM 87825 Socorro County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 4.891', W 107° 24.006'

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South across the road lies one of the west's historic "hoof highways" which was used annually from 1885 until 1971. Sheep and cattle were driven to and from the railroad at Magdalena, NM or to Springerville, AZ. The driveway was 5 to 10 miles wide and covered 200 square miles. The peak trailing year, 1919, saw 150,000 sheep and 21,600 cattle pass this point. In the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps fenced the driveway and drilled water wells every 10 miles. During the drives, cowboys and herders moved cattle about 10 miiles a day and sheep about 5 miles, allowing them to graze as they went. Chuckwagons and relays of horses followed behind. Trailing gave way to trucking, and the last portion of the driveway was officially closed in November of 1971.
HM NumberHM155F
Placed ByBureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Highway Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 278543 N 3773794
Decimal Degrees34.08151667, -107.40010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 4.891', W 107° 24.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 4' 53.46" N, 107° 24' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 439-461 Unnamed Road, Magdalena NM 87825, US
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