Humble Beginnings Historical

Humble Beginnings Historical (HM1XY0)

Location: Roswell, NM 88201 Chaves County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 23.829', W 104° 31.378'

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Roswell's first building was erected near this spot. Built by James Patterson, the 15 by 15 foot trading post was a rest stop along the Goodnight Loving Cattle Trail. The trading post was later acquired by Van C. Smith who, around 1870, added onto the structure, turning it into a saloon, restaurant, casino, and hotel. After Smith departed Roswell, the building was acquired by Captain Joseph C. Lea, a Confederate Civil War veteran, who turned Roswell into a tamer, more agreeable place to live. The Smith-Lea building stood until 1913 when Wildy Lea, the Captain's son, tore it down to make room for new commercial buildings.
Funding support provided by Lawrence C. Harris, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the 2012 Centennial Committee
HM NumberHM1XY0
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 544361 N 3695418
Decimal Degrees33.39715000, -104.52296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 23.829', W 104° 31.378'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 23' 49.74" N, 104° 31' 22.68" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)505
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 422-474 US-285, Roswell NM 88201, US
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