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Near Alamosa in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway

 
 
... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
1. ... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway Marker
Inscription. You have entered the land of the Rio Bravo del Norte, the northernmost outpost of sixteenth century Spain. To the Spanish people, the San Luis Valley was a wild and unexploited place known only to the Native people. Amidst the beauty and towering peaks of the valley, the area became the center of conflict and wars born of a clash of cultures.

”We arrived in the San Luis Valley with our religion and culture looking for fertile ground to raise our families. We laid out our plazas, shared common ground, and relied on each other to survive in an unknown place.

“We did not understand the Native beliefs and soon found ourselves in conflict with the Native people. We fought great wars to protect our Spanish communities. Distance cut off our colonies from our homeland.

“We were alone on the frontier.

“Over time, we wove a culture that was closely tied to our religion and to nature making the San Luis Valley a unique culture of its own.”

The People of the San Luis Valley



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Today wood carvings of Santos and Bultos (religious figures) still express our spiritual life.

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The Rio Bravo del Norte, or Rio Grande, wanders 1,900 miles from its headwaters
... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway Marker image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (2014 Google), October 9, 2010
2. ... Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway Marker
Marker is located on the right side of the pull-out
View to north along State Route 150
in the San Juan Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. Spanish conquistadors ventured into the San Luis Valley along the Rio Grande corridor from the south.

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Evidence of our unique religious beliefs are still found around the valley.

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Our “fiestas” or celebrations and “Dias de Santo”, or holy days, are still celebrated in our Culebra villages.

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The Rio Grande weaving tradition found in the San Luis Valley.
 
Location. 37° 28.655′ N, 105° 36.126′ W. Marker is near Alamosa, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker is on State Highway 150 0.2 miles north of U.S. 160, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alamosa CO 81101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome "Caminante" to ... (here, next to this marker); On Sacred Ground (here, next to this marker); "The Magic Dog" (here, next to this marker); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Garland
Blanca Peak image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
3. Blanca Peak
View to northeast from the marker
(approx. 10.1 miles away); Fort Garland / Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 10.1 miles away); Costilla County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of an interpretive site on the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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