Santa Fe in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
— Commemorative Walkway Park —
Erected 1986 by Mr. Tony Lopez. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Entertainment • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1692.
Location. 35° 41.39′ N, 105° 56.002′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from Paseo de Peralta near Otero Street. It is at Hillside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe NM 87501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1776 (a few steps from this marker); 1692 (a few steps from this marker); 1862 (a few steps from this marker); 1876 (a few steps from this marker); 1680 (within shouting distance of 1912 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1945 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of all 21 markers on Santa Fe’s Commemorative Walkway at Hillside Park. There is a link on the list to a map of all markers on the walkway.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe Fiesta Council Website. Excerpt: “The cry of ‘Viva la Fiesta’ has been reverberating through the streets of Old Santa Fe every autumn for 301 years. The sound generates a curious blend of thanksgiving, revelry and pride in the hearts of Santa Feans who celebrate Fiesta annually to commemorate Don Diego de Vargas’ peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692.
“The historic capital is one of the oldest in the United States. It was established by Don Juan de Ońate at San Gabriel in 1598 and moved over 30 miles south to the foot of the Sangre the Cristo Mountains were Santa Fe was founded in 1610. In 1680 the Indians revolted, burned the city and drove out the Spanish colonists, who fled to Guadalupe del Paso, now Juarez, Mexico. They rescued from the burning church the 29-inch wood carved Marian statue, La Conquistadora, originally brought to Santa Fe in 1625 by the missionary Fray Alonso de Benavides.” (Submitted on August 14, 2014.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Fiestas de Santa Fe. “The start of Fiestas is marked by the beginning of the Novena masses, which start during the Knighting and Coronation of Don Diego de Vargas and La Reina de Santa Fe in which a procession which takes La Conquistadora from the Cathedral Basilica to the Rosario Chapel, at Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe. From there 9 masses are held throughout the week and at the end of the week La Conquistadora is returned from Rosario Chapel to the Cathedral Basilica that following weekend. Those masses are carried out and are made as a tribute to the promise that Don Diego de Vargas made to La Conquistadora, and is carried through until September which includes the burning of Zozobra, also known as ‘Old Man Gloom’, a 50 ft tall marionette that symbolizes the hardships and despair of the past year. This is followed by 3 days of celebration that includes a reenactment of Don Diego de Vargas’s return to the city, a children’s pet parade, the Historical/Hysterical Parade, the Fiesta Ball and Roman Catholic masses of thanksgiving. During the festival, the Santa Fe Plaza is filled with arts & crafts and food booths, and mariachis play throughout the city. Fiestas concludes with mass at the St. Francis Cathedral followed by a candlelight procession to the Cross of the Martyrs” at the top of the walk where this marker is located. (Submitted on August 14, 2014.)
3. Santa Fe Fiesta 2012 - Parades.
4. 2009 Santa Fe 400th Jubilee Mass - St. Francis Cathedral–Basilica.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.