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Proclamation 2787—Enlarging the Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

May 27, 1948

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas there adjoins the Aztec Ruins National Monument, in the State of New Mexico, a certain 1.255-acre tract of land upon which are located ruin mounds of unusual prehistoric and scientific value of the same period and culture as those now contained in that monument; and

Whereas the Southwestern Monuments Association, an organization created for the purpose of fostering the development and preservation of the group of areas known as the Southwestern national Monuments, which include the Aztec Ruins National Monument, has donated the said tract of land to the United States for addition to such monument; and

Whereas it appears that it would be in the public interest to reserve such tract of land as an additional to the said Aztec Ruins National Monument:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by section 2 of the act of June 8, 1906, c. 3060, 34 Stat. 225 (16 U.S.C. 431), do proclaim that, subject to valid existing rights, the following-described tract of land in New Mexico is hereby added to and reserved as a part of the Aztec Ruins National Monument:

Beginning at a point N. 00 53' E., 521.4 feet from the southwest corner of the southeast quarter (SE ½) of the southwest quarter (SW ½) of section 4, T. 30 N., R. 11 W., New Mexico Principal Meridian, the northwest corner of the present Aztec Ruins National Monument; thence N. 00° 53' E., 278.2 feet, thence east 60.0 feet, thence S. 75°08' E., 85.13 feet, thence S. 68°52' E., 236.76 feet, thence S. 70°20' W., 20.33 feet, thence S. 64°46' W., 385.00 feet, along the present northerly boundary of Aztec Ruins National Monument to the point of beginning, containing 1.255 acres, more or less.

Warning is hereby expressly given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate, injure, destroy, or remove any feature of this monument and not to locate or settle upon any of the lands thereof.

The Director of the national Park Service, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, shall have the supervision, management, and control of this monument as provided in the act of Congress entitled "An Act To Establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes", approved August 25, 1916, 39 Stat. 535 (16 U.S.C. 1-3), and acts supplementary thereto or amendatory thereof.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this 27th day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-eight, and of the Independence of the United states of America the one hundred and seventy-second.

Signature of Harry S. Truman


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State.

Harry S Truman, Proclamation 2787—Enlarging the Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/287242

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