In 1882, when Nuestra Señora del Refugio Catholic Church was built in the Pecos River Valley, Puerto de Luna was the seat of Guadalupe County and claimed 1,500 residents. Today, only about 200 locals call “PDL” home. Mass is still held at the church. Ray Robinson took this photo in 1958. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives 056333.
Coronado's expeditionary force first visited Santa Clara Pueblo in 1540. Catholic priests established a mission there in 1628; it was destroyed in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. This adobe church, photographed by Adam Clark Vroman around 1899, was the second of two built afterward. It was replaced by the pueblo's current church in 1918. Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, 12440.
Penitente chapel, Capilla de Santa Rita, near Chimayo, New Mexico Creator: New Mexico Tourism Bureau Date: 1955? Negative Number HP.2007.20.562 via Palace of the Governors Photo Archives FB Wonderful photo - shades of "Bless Me Ultima"