The Spanish Trail

The Spanish Trail (HM1SJ4)

Location: Moab, UT 84535 San Juan County
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N 38° 23.611', W 109° 27.141'

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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.
HM NumberHM1SJ4
Marker Number487
Year Placed1996
Placed ByMonticello Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers
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Date Added Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 635154 N 4250611
Decimal Degrees38.39351667, -109.45235000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 23.611', W 109° 27.141'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 23' 36.66" N, 109° 27' 8.46" W
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Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11037 US-191, Moab UT 84535, US
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