Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wagon Mound, New Mexico

Wagon Mound is a butte and village on I-25 in the northeastern part of New Mexico, in Mora County. Wagon Mound was a familiar landmark for wagon trains and traders traveling down the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s. The distinctive shape of the mound is said to resemble a Conestoga wagon. The site is a National Historic Landmark. As of the 2000 census, the population of the town was 369 people.

As in the days of the wagon trains along the Santa Fe trail, Wagon Mound is also a landmark for us whenever we enter New Mexico at Raton Pass, and travel down I-25 to Santa Fe.

We went by there yesterday on our way home from a trip to Missouri. Whenever I see Wagon Mound in the distance, set in the vast plains of the area, I feel the sense of history and timelessness there.

1 comment:

Bag Blog said...

If you turn west in Wagon Mound you can drive through Ocate and on over to Black Lake and on to Angel Fire. It is a beautiful drive, but not paved all the way. I have done several paintings of the funky adobe buildings in Ocate. We also had some good friends with a ranch in Wagon Mound. This area always reminds me of the old west.