This tablet is the property of the State of ColoradoThis 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series|
|Placed By||State Historical Society of Colorado, Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and the Saquache Kiwanis Club|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 7:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 399839 N 4215872|
|Decimal Degrees||38.08510000, -106.14211667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 5.106', W 106° 8.527'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 5' 6.36" N, 106° 8' 31.62" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 501 US-285, Saguache CO 81149, US|
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