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La Cueva in Mora County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

La Cueva National Historic District

 
 
La Cueva National Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
1. La Cueva National Historic District Marker
Inscription.  This ranching community was established by Vicente Romero in the early 1850s. The grist mill was built in the 1870s. Its proximity to Fort Union and the Santa Fe Trail helped the ranch develop into one of the region’s most important commercial centers. The mill, mercantile buildings, two-story residence and San Rafael Church were designated a National Historic District in 1973.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 35° 56.466′ N, 105° 15.005′ W. Marker is in La Cueva, New Mexico, in Mora County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 518 and State Road 442 on State Road 518. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rainsville NM 87736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Cueva Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Vrain Mill (approx. 5 miles away); Curanderas — Women Who Heal (approx. 5.4 miles away); Strike Valleys (approx. 8½ miles away); Hermit’s Peak (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Regarding La Cueva National Historic District.
La Cueva National Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
2. La Cueva National Historic District Marker
The Romero-La Cueva Ranch is now the Salman Ranch. All of the land and buildings of this historic district is private property. Inquire at the general store for permission to walk the grounds.
 
La Cueva Mill image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
3. La Cueva Mill
A Mercantile Building Next to the Mill image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
4. A Mercantile Building Next to the Mill
Salman Ranch Store image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
5. Salman Ranch Store
Salman Ranch is known for its raspberries. There are some great treats inside.
San Rafael Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 21, 2014
6. San Rafael Church
Vicente Romero House at La Cueva Rancho image. Click for full size.
By Richard Federici, NPS
7. Vicente Romero House at La Cueva Rancho
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on April 28, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   7. submitted on September 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
 
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