Mystery of The New Mexico's Stone Pillar

On December 2013, Historian Louis Serna first saw an ornate stone pillar in a lobby of St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico. Intrigued by the mysterious symbols carved on it, Serna tried to find out more about the pillar from the hotel employees. After being told that it was simply a trail marker, Serna realized he would have to get into contact with the original owner of the hotel if he was to get credible information. After he traced the original owner, the hotel’s former owner claims that in 1987 a rancher discovered the pillar in a New Mexico forest and that it had been on display at the hotel ever since.

Over the last three years, Serna has been researching the symbols carved into the stone and coming up with his best theories on its meaning. Serna is still seeking any professional help in interpreting the pillar’s symbols because he was amazed by the ornate design of the pillar and the intriguing symbols it contained, specifically a Templar cross.

Rebuffed by university archeologists as well as historians and even the Freemasons, Serna eventually had a breakthrough with the U.S. Forest Service, but their answers only raised more questions.

Stone Pillar inside The Lobby of St. James Hotel
According to the department, the hotel pillar was but one of two such stone objects found in New Mexico's Carson National Forest. An archaeologist with the Questa District of the Carson National Forest found a second white stone pillar, similar in size and with similar markings in the area of the Valle Vidal, Carson National Forest.

2nd Stone Pillar discovered In the Carson National Forest

The second pillar sits among various stones believed to be grave markers, although Serna is skeptical that the mysterious objects were used for that purpose.

He points to the lack of any identifying information as well as the unique symbols and believes that perhaps the pillars were markers used in the colonization of the area by ancient explorers.

“(The archaeologist) said it’s in a small cemetery,” said Serna, who won’t say exactly where it was found, for fear that others might vandalize the statue. 

“Oh no, it’s absolutely it’s not,” said Serna. “For one thing, you know, obviously there’s no name on it and no birth date, no death date, no nothing like that.” 

Serna believes both pillars carry religious symbols, starting with the peaks bordering the top of each stone. 

“If you see pictures of the temple, I’m talking about Soloman’s Temple, you see these parapets at the top of it,” said Serna. 

Serna says he has shown the photos to a rabbi in Albuquerque as well, who raised his own theories. 

Pointing to a cup on one of the sides of the pillar sitting in in the St. James Hotel, Serna believes it might be a menorah. 

“The earliest menorah had only two candle holders on it,” Serna said he was told by the rabbi he spoke with. 

A small circle towards the top of the pillar at the St. James Hotel might also be an Egyptian sun symbol, according to Serna. 

“Or, the all-seeing eye,” said Serna. 

On the pillar still standing in the wild, Serna says an eight-point star is evident. 

“The eight point star is an ancient symbol,” said Serna. “The Templar Knights, when they started their crusades, they took their eight-point star as their badge.” 

So what does it all mean? Serna thinks the pillars could be a message. 

Today, the stone remains in the lobby of the St. James Hotel. Without an official name, Serna calls the pillar the “St. James Monument.” 


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