Los Alamos in Los Alamos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Romero Cabin
Los Alamos Historical Society
This rough-hewn cabin has become the symbol of Hispanic homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau. It is one of the last examples of a homestead cabin of its type on the plateau; most other homesteading properties were destroyed in the Cerro Grande Fire of May 2000.
The Romeros lived in this cabin during the growing and stock-raising season, returning to their home in the Rio Grande Valley in winter. Some time before 1938, the family stopped spending their summers on the plateau but continued to use the fields sporadically for pasturage.
Erected by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 35° 52.962′ N, 106° 18.088′ W. Marker is in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in Los Alamos County. Marker can be reached from Juniper Street just west of 19th Street. Marker is located along the walkway just north of the Los Alamos Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2132 Central Avenue, Los Alamos NM 87544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, 1887-1942 (here, next to this marker); Harold H. Brook (a few steps from this marker); Albert J. Connell (a few steps from this marker); Martha Brook (a few steps from this marker); William Mackwood Hopper (a few steps from this marker); Manhattan Project Era (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Los Alamos National Laboratory Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ice House Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Alamos.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Los Alamos Historical Walking Tour
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1. The Homesteaders of Los Alamos. New Mexico was admitted to the United States as the forty-seventh state in 1912. The next year, homesteaders Victor and Refugio Romero built a cabin at Los Alamos. On their fifteen-acre farm, the Romeros planted corn, beans, and melons, and kept chickens, cows, pigs, and horses. The cabin had one room, and was filled with homemade furniture and a cast-iron stove. The property also had a corral and grain shed. (Submitted on September 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. A Brief History of Romero Cabin. Water was not readily available on the mesa top and was hauled up in barrels from the bottom of a nearby canyon. Many of the Hispano homestead families on the Pajarito Plateau were related by marriage and there was a network of trails that connected the neighboring properties, often leading from mesa to mesa. (Submitted on September 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.