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El Camino Real International Heritage Center
Photo Gallery - Inside the Visitor's Center
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Inside the Heritage Center
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
The entrance to the Visitor's gallelry. Through the entrance, visitors step back in time 300 years to emerge in the old plaza of Zecatecas, Mexico to begin their journey along El Camino Real.
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
The carreta (cart) carried thousands of people, and their belongings, along El Camino Real.
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
The Plaza de Zacatecas as it appeared 300 years ago. All exhibits and interpretive displays are in English and Spanish.
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A gentle ramp begins El Camino Real, with displays and exhibits describing the trail and the regions it passed through in the 1600 and 1700s.
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
The trail ends on the Santa Fe plaza - though the real trail continued to Taos and southern Colorado.
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
El Camino Real also brought culture, religion and literature from the old world that formed the heritage of today's Mexico and New Mexico.
Credit: El Camino Real IHC
A tienda (store) shows some of the items that were sold, and neccessary, for life in Mexico and New Mexico in colonial days. These store items were brought to New Mexico from Mexico and Spain by regular supply wagons over the Camino Real.
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Due to the remote location, building the Heritage Center was quite an ordeal.  New Mexico State Monuments, the architect and contractor, and Foundation Board Members all worked together for two years to see the dream come true.  The Center has received several awards for the displays and presentation.
Updated 10 FEB 2011
Photos & info on the Center's Horno (adobe oven) and how it was built
Photos & info on the Center's Carreta (oxen drawn cart) and how it was built
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