Otto Mears Park

Otto Mears Park (HM29G8)

Location: Saguache, CO 81149 Saguache County
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N 38° 5.106', W 106° 8.527'

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This park is dedicated to Otto Mears, Russian-born Colorado Pioneer, know as "The Pathfinder of the San Juan", who came to the San Luis Valley in 1865. In Saguache (A Ute Indian word meaning "blue earth"), Otto Mears was married in 1870, establishing his home across from this park. He built a toll road over Poncha Pass, the first one in the area; ran freighting teams; established mining camps; published two newspapers and constructed railways. He was for a time treasurer of Saguache County. As a commissioner he helped to build the state capitol, and suggested covering the dome with gold leaf. As a friend of Ouray, Mears induced the Utes to cede the "mining triangle" of the San Juan to the government.
HM NumberHM29G8
Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
Year Placed1959
Placed ByState Historical Society of Colorado, Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and the Saquache Kiwanis Club
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 399839 N 4215872
Decimal Degrees38.08510000, -106.14211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 5.106', W 106° 8.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 5' 6.36" N, 106° 8' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)719
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501 US-285, Saguache CO 81149, US
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