Monahans Sandhills State Park and Museum

Monahans Sandhills State Park and Museum (HM1E3Q)

Location: Monahans, TX 79756 Ward County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 37.109', W 102° 48.719'

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In these shifting seas of sand, rich in stone evidences of primitive men, today's visitors find flint points, sandstone metates and manos of peoples who were here as early as 10,000 years ago and late as the 1870s. Bones of great mammoths and gigantic bison prove that this desert was in post-glacial times a land of lakes and tall grasses.

Cabeza de Vaca in 1535 and Antonio de Espejo in 1583 encountered Jumanos, historic tribe which hunted here. In 1590 Castano de Sosa found a tribe he called Vaqueros because they lived by hunting cows (buffalo)—the tribe later called Apaches.

For more than 100 years at this stop on great Comanche War Trail extending into Mexico. Apache fought Comanche for pools of water and acorns of dwarf Shinnery oak. The California or Emigrant Trail through the Sand Hills started with the gold rush. Was first mapped in September 1849 by Capt. Randolph B. Marcy, U.S. topographical engineers, and in 1854 by Capt. John Pope, who explored a railroad route toward the Pacific Ocean.

3,000 acres of Sand Hills were designated in 1957 as a state park, after acquisition and construction of museum by Ward County. Has picnic facilities.
HM NumberHM1E3Q
Series This marker is part of the Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583 series, and the The Comanche Trail into Mexico series.
Marker Number3434
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 6:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 707543 N 3500226
Decimal Degrees31.61848333, -102.81198333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 37.109', W 102° 48.719'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 37' 6.54" N, 102° 48' 43.14" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 State Hwy Park Rd 41, Monahans TX 79756, US
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