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Near El Rito in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

El Rito

 
 
El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
1. El Rito Marker
Inscription.  Tewa people lived in this area before the village of El Rito Colorado was settled in the 1830s by residents from the Abiquiú area. The Territorial Legislature of 1909 established the Spanish-American Normal School here to train teachers for northern New Mexico schools. El Rito has evolved into a vibrant art community while retaining its traditional agricultural roots.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions.
 
Location. 36° 19.929′ N, 106° 11.334′ W. Marker is near El Rito, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on State Road 554 at milepost 11, on the right when traveling north. When approaching El Rito on Route 554 from U.S. 84, marker is on a pull out on the right before arriving at El Rito. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Rito NM 87530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named El Rito (approx. 0.3 miles away); Welcome to the Church of San Juan Nepomuceno (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Cruz (approx. 8.1 miles
El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
2. El Rito Marker
This view is south. The main marker face faces north, towards town.
away); Abiquiú (approx. 11.2 miles away); Agueda S. Martinez (1898–2000) (approx. 11.7 miles away); Georgia O’Keeffe (approx. 12.8 miles away); Red Rocks (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This particular El Rito official scenic historic marker is not listed in either David Pike’s 2004 Roadside New Mexico or the Archuleta and Holden’s 2004 Traveling New Mexico guides to New Mexico historical markers.
 
Reverse of El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
3. Reverse of El Rito Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Replacement photos and corrected text transcription when graffiti has been removed • Can you help?
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Sep. 30, 2020