"Indian Mound Location"
on the
Santa Fe Trail

     One of the DAR Markers sits atop the Mound overlooking what was Chouteau's Island. It was moved here before 1968. The Marker was originally set at Long Rural School, but it was moved several times. Because of that and the historical significance of Indian Mound, this should now be considered an original location. It marks the Mexico/United States border prior to 1846. It commemorates where Auguste P. Chouteau and other French traders, who traveled to Santa Fe long before Becknell, crossed the Jornada. Sibley's party left the river here on September 27, 1825 heading for Taos. To get to this location take US 50 to M23, south 2 1/2 miles enter through the cattle crossing, follow the dirt path 1.8 miles to Indian Mound, signs point the way.

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