Big Bend and McPhee

Big Bend and McPhee (HMZDM)

Location: Dolores, CO 81323 Montezuma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 28.253', W 108° 31.058'

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In 1776 the year of our independence, a family was led by two Catholic priests, father Dominguez and Escalante. They camped in a meadow on the Dolores River which in 105 years became the town of Big Bend.Big Bend had several saloons, a saw mill, a hotel, twogeneral merchants, a meat company and the Office ofLand. Big Bend was abandoned in 1891, when the narrowgauge railroad reached the area.

In 1926 the logging town of McPhee was established. It was abandoned in 1948, when a major fire destroyed the entire mill. The town was situated 11 miles south of Dolores, where the present McPhee Dam is located. Of the three settlements, Dolores is the only one left.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByAl Packer Chapter No. 100, Matt Warner Chapter No. 1900, Lost Dutchman Chapter No. 5917+4, E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 719519 N 4150005
Decimal Degrees37.47088333, -108.51763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 28.253', W 108° 31.058'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 28' 15.18" N, 108° 31' 3.48" W
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Area Code(s)970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1947 Co Rd 28, Dolores CO 81323, US
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