Rabbit Ears (Clayton, New Mexico)

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Rabbit Ears
Rabbit Ears Mtns NM.jpg
Oblique air photo facing north in August 2011.
Rabbit Ears (Clayton, New Mexico) is located in New Mexico
Rabbit Ears (Clayton, New Mexico)
Nearest city Clayton, New Mexico
Coordinates 36°35′32″N 103°13′28″W / 36.59222°N 103.22444°W / 36.59222; -103.22444Coordinates: 36°35′32″N 103°13′28″W / 36.59222°N 103.22444°W / 36.59222; -103.22444
Area 15,250 acres (6,170 ha)[2]
Built 1868 (1868)
NRHP Reference # 66000499[1]
NMSRCP # 203
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated NHLD May 23, 1963[3]
Designated NMSRCP November 6, 1970

Rabbit Ears is a pair of mountain peaks that were landmarks over the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail. The Clayton Complex includes that, another mountain peak, and three camps between them: McNees Crossing, Turkey Creek Camp, and Rabbit Ears Camp.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1963.[2][3] It figures largely in Louis L'Amour's novel Mustang Man.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Richard Greenwood (December 31, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Rabbit Ears (Clayton Complex) / Clayton Complex" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying two photos, from 1975 (32 KB)
  3. ^ a b "Rabbit Ears". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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Shot from Lake Road, New Mexico 370 - original image has power lines, which I removed in Photoshop CS6.