Near Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Maria Gertrudis Barceló
— (c. 1800-1852) —
Maria Gertrudis Barceló or Doña Tules, a notorious gambler and courtesan, operated a gambling house and saloon on Burro Alley in Santa Fe. She traveled up El Camino Real from Sonora, Mexico in 1815. Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy allowed this controversial lady to be buried in the south chapel of La Parroquia, the Santa Fe parish church, and used the money from her funeral for badly-needed repairs.
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women's Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women's contributions to New Mexico history on the state's Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative ensures that women's diverse histories will be remembered and told, and will inspire and provide a guide for future generations. The 2006 Legislature funded the project.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Women. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and the New Mexico Women’s Historic Marker Initiative series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. 35° 31.647′ N, 106° 9.379′ W. Marker is near Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 25 at milepost 269,, 1½ miles west of Waldo Canyon Road (County Road 57). Marker is located at the La Bajada Welcome Center in the northbound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Three Wise Women (here, next to this marker); Sisters of Charity (here, next to this marker); Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Celebration / La Bajada (here, next to this marker); Amelia Elizabeth White / Mary Cabot Wheelwright (a few steps from this marker); Gold and Turquoise (within shouting distance of this marker); Golondrinas Old Cienega Village Museum (approx. 4.1 miles away); Welcome to the Cerrillos Hills State Park (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,200 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.