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La Luz in Otero County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

La Luz

 
 
La Luz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2011
1. La Luz Marker
Inscription. In 1719, Spanish Franciscan missionaries built a chapel here dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Our Lady of the Light. The naming of the village is also attributed to the will o’wisp light in the canyon, a perpetually burning lamp in an elderly woman’s home and a signal fire left by the male settlers, which when seen by the female settlers exclaimed "¡La Luz! Allá está la luz!, The Light, there is the light!" Settlement of the village did not begin until around 1860, when settlers arrived from other villages devastated by floods on the Rio Grande.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 32° 58.505′ N, 105° 58.764′ W. Marker is in La Luz, New Mexico, in Otero County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 545 and U.S. 54, on the left when traveling east on State Road 545. Touch for map. Marker is on the northeast corner, just east of US-54. Marker is in this post office area: La Luz NM 88337, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (approx. 4.4 miles away); Commission for the Blind Orientation Center (approx.
<i>Back of</i> La Luz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2011
2. Back of La Luz Marker
Points of Interest
New Mexico's Historic Markers typically have a map on the back side showing the location of other OSHM's. This is an excellent source of information when exploring for other Historical Markers and locations.
5.7 miles away); Tularosa (approx. 6.1 miles away); Round Mountain (approx. 13.3 miles away); Blazer’s Mill (approx. 15.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
La Luz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 25, 2011
3. La Luz Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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