Mission Churches of Socorro County, Part 1
History of early Spanish missions along
El Camino Real in the early 1600s to a few more "modern" ones.  Includes early Socorro missions, San Miguel, Santa Rita, Lady of Fatima (Florida)
Mission Churches of Socorro County, Part 2
More mission churches in Socorro County, most along the east and west branches of El Camino Real.  Includes San Acacia, La Joyita, Alamillo, Polvadera, Lemitar, Bosquecito, San Antonio, San Marcial, Magdalena
Friends of El Camino Real
 
La Leyenda de La Llorona
One of New Mexico's most enduring legends ... the spirit ghost of La Llorona ... roaming the Rio Grande looking for her children. This version is that common to Socorro and southern New Mexico.  Did the legend spread throughout New Mexico and Mexico along El Camino Real?
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El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Part 1
Early history of El Camino Real through Socorro County and Jornada del Muerto from 1598 to the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.  Includes maps and photos of the trail.
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Part 2
Later history of El Camino Real through Socorro County and Jornada del Muerto from the 1698 de Vargas conquest to the 1880s arrival of the railroad.  Includes maps and photos of the trail.
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Las Posadas y Las Pastorelas
Franciscan friars from Mexico and Spain came to New Mexico along El Camino Real, bringing with them song and theatrical performances to teach the native Pueblo Indians the Christmas story -- a rich part of New Mexico's holiday heritage today.
What's In A Name? (2-part article)
Part 1 here - Abeyta to Marquez
Part 2 here - Romero to Vargas
The origins of New Mexico's families, many arriving 1600-1700s over El Camino Real from Spain and Mexico - New Mexico's 1st families.
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Legend of "the Lady in Blue"
A story of Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, the
Blue Nun, who spiritually traveled to minister to the pueblo Indians along El Camino Real and beyond in the 1600s -- a mystery to this day.
Articles by local historian Paul Harden, originally published in El Defensor-Chieftain newspaper (Socorro, NM).
All articles copyrighted by Paul Harden.  Contact the author here.
History articles related to El Camino Real trail by Paul Harden
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