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Near Kim in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Dolores Mission and Cemetery

 
 
Dolores Mission and Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 31, 2021
1. Dolores Mission and Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  

This Catholic church and cemetery are important components of the small Hispanic community in Picket Wire Canyonlands dating from the late 1870s through 1890s. In 1889, Damacio Lopez, the original owner, sold this land to Reverend Bishop Mattz of the Denver diocese of Catholic Church for $1. The Catholic Church donated the 0.11-acre parcel to the US Forest Service in 2007.

Churches were important architectural elements in Hispanic communities and were symbolic of the social values of the inhabitants. They also gave structure to every day life. The Lopez donation of land to the church reflects his importance in the community, and gave added significance and focus to the community. Although the construction date of the church is unknown, it was likely built in the late 1880s to early 1890s. Its stone masonry and adobe construction is representative of the blend of Hispanic and Euro-American influenced architecture in the region.

The elaborately designed headstones appear to have been imported into the canyon as blanks and later personalized with the names of the deceased. Most of the headstones are those of young children
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who died between 1895 and 1900: their short lies illustrate the hardships early inhabitants faced. Additional unmarked graves are also present.

Please do not touch or pick up these fragile headstones.
 
Erected by US Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
 
Location. 37° 38.186′ N, 103° 35.121′ W. Marker is near Kim, Colorado, in Las Animas County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 2185 east of Rourke Road (County Highway 25). Located on the Picketwire Canyon Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kim CO 81049, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dinosaur Shoulder Blade From An Apatosaurus (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Largest Tracksite in North America (approx. 1.4 miles away); Life at Dinosaur Lake (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Site from the Sky (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rourke Ranch Historic District 1900-1971 (approx. 4.1 miles away); History of the Rourke Family and Wineglass Ranch, 1871-1900 (approx. 4.1 miles away).
 
Dolores Mission and Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 31, 2021
2. Dolores Mission and Cemetery and Marker
Dolores Mission remnants image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 31, 2021
3. Dolores Mission remnants
Eugenio Padilla Gravestone in the Dolores Mission Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 31, 2021
4. Eugenio Padilla Gravestone in the Dolores Mission Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 125 times this year. Last updated on September 24, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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