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Gold and Turquoise Historical Marker

 

Location of sign - Bicentennial Rest Area, I-25 South of Santa Fe at mile post 269

 

Photo taken- July 2008

 

Gold and Turquoise Historical Marker in New Mexico

 

Text of sign:

 

Gold and Turquoise 

 

First gold placer mining west of the Mississippi began with the discovery of the precious metal in the rugged Ortiz Mountains south

of here in 1828, 21 years before the California gold rush.  Since then, the district has produced more than 99,000 ounces of placer

gold and gold is currently produced from lode deposits.

 

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