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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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