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Roadside New Mexico: A Guide to Historic Markers

Revised and Expanded Edition

David Pike

Winner of the 2016 Heritage Publication Award from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division

Through New Mexico’s Official Scenic Historic Markers we learn about the people, the geological features, and the historical events that have made the Land of Enchantment a place unlike any other. An index to our history, these markers tell an incredible story about our cultures and origins. This revised and expanded edition of Roadside New Mexico provides additional information about these sites and includes approximately one hundred new markers, sixty-five of which document the contribution of women to the history of New Mexico.

Now structured alphabetically for easier identification, each essay also offers suggestions of similar Historic Markers to help readers explore each topic further. In addition, Pike includes entries on “Ghost Markers”—those sites missing from the road that still impart significant historical lessons. Roadside New Mexico delivers a useful companion for travelers who want to understand more about the landscapes and inhabitants of the state.


David Pike grew up in Truth or Consequences and Las Cruces, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.


“Dave Pike’s guide to historic markers is an ideal traveling companion for a trip on New Mexico’s byways.”


Albuquerque Journal

“A comprehensive read filled with interesting and historically noteworthy material.”


American Road

“Not only a valuable travel guide but a detailed work of history documenting the story of historic places, people, and events in the state.”


New Mexico Historical Review

Roadside New Mexico is a joy for armchair travelers to page through, and a treasure for anyone (roadbound or not!) interested in learning more about the rich history of the Land of Enchantment.”


Midwest Book Review

8 x 10 in. 512 pages 62 halftones, 8 maps