Monday, January 03, 2011
Socorro Mission on our Mission Trail
Socorro Mission and the adjacent cemetery. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
From the El Paso Mission Trail Association website, a bit of its history: "The Rio Grande played havoc on the locations of this charming mission. It took its name from Socorro of the North (New Mexico). The Piro Indians fled this area after the Pueblo Revolt of 1860 and established their new home. Sixty Piro families along with fifteen Spanish families dedicated the mission to Nuestra Senora de Limpia Concepcion de los Piros de Socorro del Sur (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of the Piros of Socorro of the South).
In 2005 the mission completed a 10 year restoration that showcases some original cypress roof supports called vigas (beams) that were decorated by the Piro Indians. The striking architecture reflects the vibrant local community with numerous historic haciendas within walking distance: Casa Apodaca, The Bookery, Casa Ortiz, and Casa Carbajal."
See how the craftsman echoed the architecture of the mission in the grave's marker? The Mission is still home for an active congregation, and a respectful stroll through the cemetery reveals a great deal about the community still using the mission as its church.
Tomorrow, we'll feature photographs from the restoration, plus provide a link to some neat 1936 photographs of the Mission now in the Historic American Buildings Survey in the Library of Congress!
You can visit the missions on your own, or take advantage of a new tour service...for more information, click here.
Note: Wednesday is a special day for us, and we'll take a break in the series on the El Paso Mission Trail to celebrate our 1000th post in this blog!