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Truchas in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Truchas

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
1. Truchas Marker
Inscription. In 1754, Governor Tomás Vélez Cachupín granted land on the Rio Truchas to families from Santa Cruz and Chimayó. Because Nuestra Señora de Rosario de Truchas was on the northern frontier, and subject to attack by Plains Indians, the governor stipulated that the houses should form a square with only one entrance.
 
Location. 36° 2.442′ N, 105° 49.803′ W. Marker is in Truchas, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on State Road 76 near County Road 77A, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Truchas NM 87578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truchas Peaks (approx. 1.3 miles away); Cordova (was approx. 4.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Chimayo (approx. 6.2 miles away); Santuario de Chimayó (approx. 6.7 miles away); Las Trampas (approx. 7.4 miles away); Historic Los Luceros (approx. 12 miles away); Velarde (approx. 12.1 miles away); The St. Francis Women's Club (approx. 12.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “The community remains remote, located at 8000 feet above sea level. A paved road did not enter the community till the early 1970s. These very
Truchas Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
2. Truchas Marker
same issues made the community attractive to artists moving to Northern New Mexico for its thriving arts scene, particularly after Robert Redford’s ,The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) was filmed there. The arrival of the artist has altered the traditional pace of agricultural life among the original Spanish settlers, at times leading to tensions, which have more recently receded. There are also a number of vacation and second homes in the village and in the surrounding area. Because the community had remained unchanged for so long, it still operates under many of the original Spanish land grant bylaws; for example, cars must share the roads with livestock.” (Submitted on April 30, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Other Side of the Truchas Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 22, 2013
3. Other Side of the Truchas Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2013, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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