Rafael Rivera

Rafael Rivera (HMJFD)

Location: Las Vegas, NV 89120 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 5.014', W 115° 4.364'

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This historical marker commemorates the valor and service of pioneer scout Rafael Rivera, the first Caucasian of record to view and traverse Las Vegas valley. Scouting for Antonia Armijo's sixty man trading party from Abiquiu, N.M. in January 1830. Young Rivera ascended Vegas Wash twenty miles east of this marker and blazed a route to the Mojave River in California by way of the Amargosa River.

Rivera's pioneering route became a vital link in the Old Spanish Trail, with Las Vegas Springs a most essential stop on this popular route to southern California. John C. Fremont mapped the trail in 1844. Three years later, following an extension of the course to Salt Lake Valley, the route became known in this area as the Mormon Trail. Today the Old Spanish Trail closely parallels inter-state route #15.

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HM NumberHMJFD
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Marker Number214
Placed ByRafael Rivera Monument Committee and Patriotic Citizens
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 673526 N 3994936
Decimal Degrees36.08356667, -115.07273333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 5.014', W 115° 4.364'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 5' 0.84" N, 115° 4' 21.84" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5730-5798 Mountain Vista St, Las Vegas NV 89120, US
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