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

El Rito

Elevation 6,870 ft.

 
 
El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
1. El Rito Marker
Inscription.  This village 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. After several changes in name and purpose, the institution is now the Northern New Mexico Community College.
 
Location. 36° 20.173′ N, 106° 11.388′ W. Marker is in El Rito, New Mexico, in Rio Arriba County. Marker is on State Road 554 at milepost 11.5 north of State Road 571. Touch for map. It is at the entrance gate of the Northern New Mexico Community College. 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. 0.6 miles away); Santa Cruz (approx. 8.3 miles away); Abiquiú (approx. 11.3 miles away); Agueda S. Martinez (1898–2000) (approx. 12 miles away); Georgia O’Keeffe (approx. 12.9 miles away); Red Rocks (approx. 12.9 miles away).
 
Regarding El Rito.
El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
2. El Rito Marker
“When the New Mexico Territory applied for statehood in 1912, the State Constitution, Article 12, Section 11, identified the Spanish American Normal School as one of ten educational institutions which would be supported by the state. The Spanish American School provided both secondary and post-secondary educational programs.”
 
Categories. EducationPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
Reverse of El Rito Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
3. Reverse of El Rito Marker
Entrance to the Northern New Mexico College Campus, and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 28, 2013
4. Entrance to the Northern New Mexico College Campus, and Marker
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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