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Mission Nuestra Señora de Perpetuo

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

In May of 1598 Don Juan de Oñate, accompanied by two Franciscan priests arrived in what is now known as Socorro. They encountered a generous, hospitable tribe of Indians who provided them with a generous supply of corn, which they desperately needed to augment their dwindling provisions.

 

When Oñate ventured further north, the priests remained behind. Fray Alfonso Benavidez was so successful in his ministry that he became... continue reading

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Mission San Felipe de Neri

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

There are very few remnants of Albuquerque’s Spanish colonial history left. Like many large metropolitan areas in the southwest, the city is laid out based on an organized grid of roads, giving it a recent, modern appearance. The remaining vestiges of adobe around Old Town, and predominance of earth tones, are a testament to the architectural traditions of the past.

 

Albuquerque was the third villa to be established in New Mexico. Albuquerque was established to serve the Spanish settlers st... continue reading

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Mission Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Zuñi

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Though the Zuñi were the first to encounter the Spanish when the Coronado expedition arrived looking for gold, their land, and that of the Hopi, was located so far from the capital in Santa Fe that being assigned as a resident priest was perceived as punishment, or penance, rather than as an honor or higher calling. One priest assigned to Zuñi, Fray José, pointedly remarked, "If it had been chosen for a prison for those guilty of the gravest crimes there would have not been a more severe decision."

 

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Mission Nuestra Señora de Purísima Concepción de Quarai

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Charles Lummis visited Las Humanas, known today as Gran Quivira, it the 1890s. His comments about the site capture the scope and majesty of the long abandoned missions, "An edifice in ruins, it is true, but so tall, so solemn, so dominant of that strange, lonely landscape, so out of place in that land of adobe box huts, as to be simply overpowering. On the Rhine, it would be superlative, in the wilderness of the Manzano it is a miracle." During the winter... continue reading

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Mission San Gregorio de Abó

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

The people that settled Abo at the end of the 11th century were part of the Tompiro group, the same group that established pueblos at Quarai and Gran Quivera nearby. They were the mountain relatives of the Piro who lived further south. Located between the Manzano mountains and the plains to the east, Abo managed to extract sufficient subsistence, augmenting agricultural endeavors with foraging and trade. There was little rainfall or groundwater available... continue reading

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San Miguel Mission

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

The chapel of San Miguel in Santa Fe is an anomaly both in purpose and structure. Unlike other mission churches constructed at the time, San Miguel was built to provide ministry to the Indian servants who accompanied the Spanish as they colonized the region. San Miguel features a single tower rather than the typical flat frontal façade with twin towers seen elsewhere. However, the layout of the interior follows the traditional pattern of a single nave, t... continue reading

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Mission Santo Domingo

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History
There have been four settlements near the current pueblo of Santo Domingo. The first, called Gipuy, was about 2 miles east of the pueblo’s current location. This was the second pueblo of that name to exist on the site. The first was destroyed by flooding of the Galisteo River prior to 1591. It was here that Oñate founded the monastery of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. Gaspar Castaño de Sosa rechristened the village Santo Domingo when he stopped there in 1591.  

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Mission San Lorenzo de Picurís

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Picurís was once one of the largest Tiwa pueblos, part of the Tanoan language group, but today it is one of the smallest with about 1,801 inhabitants. In the past, they were frequently involved in affairs of state, vexing the Spanish and playing political instigator on more than one occasion.


The earliest contact with Europeans occurred in 1581, with the arrival of continue reading
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Searing Southwestern Heat

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Lifestyle

It’s hot in the in high desert at the moment. Very hot. I know that it is hot elsewhere. I read about a heat index of 165 in Iran. That’s worse. Sucks for them. However, it doesn’t make it any more comfortable at high noon in the high desert.


Having lived in Atlanta for years, I have had the opportunity to consider the nuances of dr... continue reading

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The Marvelous Margarita | Summer Salvation

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Recipes

As summer temperatures soar in New Mexico, there is nothing like a margarita to welcome the weekend. From the classic sweet & sour/Cointreau version to those incorporating a variety of flavors, if there is a signature cocktail of the Southwest, the Margarita is a strong contender to hold that title.


The Margarita’s origin story is as shrouded in mystery as the creation myths of long lost civilizations, though with less magic and fewer Gods involved. Ok, it is significantly less dramati... continue reading

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Communing with Cows

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Lifestyle

I have a longstanding affinity for cows. They like me. I like them. I grew up on a farm. As a child I would moo at the edge of a neighboring field until all of the cows gathered at the corner to watch me. Either I was good at impersonating a cow or cattle are seriously hurting for entertainment. Probably the latter. Spending afternoons summoning cows implies that I also lacked entertainment options. Little did I know at the time that my predilection for cows would continue into adulthood.


If... continue reading

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Cuchillo | Gateway to the Mining District

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Though Cuchillo served as a waypoint for traffic to Winston and Chloride during the mining boom, the valley was first occupied by the Mimbres Indians. They moved on around 1200 AD. By the time the Spanish arrived in the 1500s the area was firmly controlled by the Apache.

 

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Chloride | Silver Boom Town

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Though the ghost towns and mining boom towns of Colorado and California are well known, New Mexico’s ghost towns are less frequently explored, though plentiful, with many communities still sparsely occupied, frozen in time in many ways. Due to the intense gold and silver in various mountain ranges throughout New Mexico, there are regions with several worthwhile stops in rapid succession, creating the ideal day trip for anyone with an appreciation for ghost towns.


Sierra County has a lot of ghost towns, with a cluster near Truth o... continue reading

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Desert Hobbits in the Southwestern Shire

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Lifestyle

Driving in New Mexico often involves long hours spent in a car on roads with minimal traffic. The environment is conducive to prolonged, random thoughts. One recent example was an internal debate between me, myself and I about whether, in general, New Mexicans are more like hobbits or dwarves. I’m not sure what provoked the “Lord of the Rings” analogy, but with little effort I came up with 10 similarities between hobbits and New Mexicans.


The internal debate regarding dwarves occurred a... continue reading

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San Jeronimo Mission

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

Taos is UNESCO World Heritage cultural site; distinct, unique and enduring. The pueblo, in its current, multi-story form, dates to the 14th century, which is about the time the Ancestral Puebloans abandoned their communities in Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. However, the community, and many of the adobe structures, are at least 1000 years old, making Taos the oldest continuously occupied community in the United States. Acoma<... continue reading

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Spaceport America | Out of This World Vacation Destination

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Places to Go

Our collective fascination with the skies in New Mexico manifests in a myriad of forms, from the mythos associated with aliens and the Roswell incident to the surreal visual impact of the VLA radio antennas pointed to the heavens, studying the universe on the vast, open plains west of Socorro. We have dark sky communities and numerous continue reading

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Mom's Recipe | Green Chile Stew

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Recipes

From: Mom's recipe box (thanks Mom!)


After posting a couple of soup recipes over the last week, I received a few requests for a good green chile stew recipe. There are probably 100s of variations on this recipe, because it is another regional 'comfort food,' but the one below is one of m... continue reading

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Mission San Esteban del Rey de Acoma

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: History

The drive to Acoma winds 20 miles through a vast canyon surrounded by mesas and steep cliffs. Two solitary mesas rise from the flat canyon floor, like stark sentinels protecting the valley. One is Enchanted Mesa and the other is home to the Sky City. The original village was located on top of Enchanted Mesa, the taller of the two. Legends reference an enormous storm that caused a fissure in the mesa cliff, severing the rock face used... continue reading

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Pie Town

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Places to Go

Pie Town is a small community of about 200 people perched a couple of miles from the Continental Divide on US highway 60 in western New Mexico. At one point there was hope that this route would be part of the rush west, but development of US 66 north, through Albuquerque, left the region somewhat isolated.


The Continental Divide provides an aquatic demarcation zone, with water falling on the west draining to the Pacific and water falling on the east draining to the Gulf of Mexico. The dilemma i... continue reading

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Roadrunners

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By New Mexico Nomad
Category: Lifestyle

Roadrunners are a charismatic, fearless, long legged member of the cuckoo bird family, aka Geococcyx californianus (California earth cuckoo). The bird is the ubiquitous symbol of the Southwest, made famous by Chuck Jones. Though, in reality, the coyote and roadrunner rivalry depicted doesn't really play out as favorably for roadrunners. The coyotes are twice as fast. Roadrunners are a common sight in the west and southwest,... continue reading

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WORLD HERITAGE SITES

With three of the nation's UNESCO World Heritage sites and White Sands being considered as a fourth, New Mexico

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL

For thru-hikers, the Continental Divide Trail is the hardest of the nation's triple crown trails, running from the Mexico/New Mexico border, through the Rocky Mountains to the border of Canada.

CHLORIDE | SILVER BOOM TOWN

The discovery of pure silver chloride in the 1870s led to the establishment of this mining community. Despite the hazards associated with mining in Apache country, hopeful prospectors flocked to the boom town hoping to strike it rich.

Recipes

EL PINTO GREEN CHILE ENCHILADAS

Whether flat or rolled, with red or green chile, enchiladas are New Mexico comfort food. This recipe is from El Pinto, an Albuquerque favorite, known for their beautiful patios and salsa.

CREAM OF GREEN CHILE CHICKEN SOUP

Some people consider chicken noodle soup the ideal comfort food for a cold, but cream of green chile chicken has always been my favorite for curative or cozy purposes.

SOPAPILLAS

New Mexico's tasty puff pastry can be used as a side in lieu of a tortilla, as a savory dish when stuffed or as dessert when drizzled with honey or powdered sugar. Tasty under all circumstances.

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