Cooke's Wagon Road

Cooke's Wagon Road (HMPLE)

Location: Deming, NM 88030 Luna County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 13.483', W 108° 7.383'

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Basin and Range Country

In 1846, while leading the Mormon Battalion to California during the Mexican War, Lt. Col. Philip St. George Cooke blazed a wagon road from New Mexico to the West Coast. The potential use of the route for the railroad construction was one of the reasons for the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Cooke entered Arizona through Guadalupe Pass.

Basin and Range province of southeast New Mexico is of broad alluvial plains from which isolated fault block mountains rise like islands in a sandy sea. Indigenous peoples have used both the basin and range in their seasonal cycle. The Victorio Mountains to the South yield zinc, silver, gold, copper, lead, and tungsten.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 4:32pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 771127 N 3568975
Decimal Degrees32.22471667, -108.12305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 13.483', W 108° 7.383'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 13' 28.98" N, 108° 7' 22.98" W
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Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1014-1024 I-10 Frontage Rd, Deming NM 88030, US
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