Some background about the Garcia Ranch -- "The García Ranch, established in the San Luis Valley near Conejos in 1885, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places [as of December 2018]!
Also see grant award post posted just prior to this.
The García ranch lies between the Conejos and San Antonio Rivers in an area of the county still known as La Isla..."
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The García Ranch, established in the San Luis Valley near Conejos in 1885, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!
The García ranch lies between the Conejos and San Antonio Rivers in an area of the county still known as La Isla (The Island), once part of Mexico's 1833 Conejos Land Grant. In the late 1840s Hispanos from northern New Mexico began to settle in the valley. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo transferred this land to the United States and provided protection of pre-existing grants. Despite its extensive agricultural history, few ranches in the region have yet to be listed in the National Register - until now.
The ranch's current owner is a descendant of the original owner, José Victor Garcia. José was one of the most prominent early Hispano political leaders of Colorado, representing the Conejos area in the territorial legislature of New Mexico from 1859-1860 then serving on the Colorado Territorial Council from 1861-1874. He was a farmer and rancher who also traded with the Apache, Navajo, and Utes.
The García Ranch Headquarters includes an adobe house, garage, privy, granaries, adobe potato cellar, a grain bin, sheep sheds, approximately 51.1 acres of outlying hayfields, and archaeological resources throughout the site. Although abobe construction was once common, these structures are increasingly rare today. This is the first time an above ground adobe potato cellar (also once common) is represented in the National Register in Colorado.
The ranch is unique in its integrity because of its historic materials and workmanship, its original location, and its continuous function as a family-operated cattle and hay ranch. It evokes a sense of a Hispano ranching in San Luis Valley.
We will commemorate this National Register listing as well as three others at the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Alamosa. Stay tuned to learn about the others later this month!