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Placitas library presents the first in a series on Placitas history

On September 11, at 2:00 p.m., “A Brief History of Placitas (1765 to 1949)” willopen at the Placitas Community Library, with an afternoon of music and storytelling and an exhibit of historical photos and facts about the rich history of Placitas, from its founding through World War II. Ora Correa, a descendant of one of the original Las Huertas de San Antonio Land Grant families, is a master storyteller. She will have you thoroughly believing you have just met one of the original settlers. The exhibit, compiled by Joan Fenicle, will remain on display at the library through September 30.

Here are just a few facts to whet your appetite to learn more about Placitas:

  • As early as the 1650s, the Spanish were mining for lead, silver, and copper on the north slopes of the Sandia Mountain in and around Placitas.
  • In January of 1768, the San Antonio de Las Huertas Land Grant was given to 21 families, whose descendants continue to live here today. They built a walled town on Las Huertas Creek out of stone and adobe. The village had three oxen, their only beasts of burden. Young boys herded sheep and goats. Women and children brought water from the spring for their gardens (the name Las Huertas means the gardens).
  • In 1823, following the Mexican Revolution, the village was abandoned under orders from the governor in Santa Fe because the military could not protect them from Indian raids. Many moved to Algodones.
  • In 1835, settlers began returning to the San Antonio de las Huertas Land Grant, forming four villages: Ojo de la Casa, Tecolote, the existing Village of Placitas, and Tejon. Miguel and Josefa Trujillo may have been the last family to live on the original site of Las Huertas.
  • In 1860, El Tonque de la Ciruela reservoir and irrigation system was established and still serves the Village of Placitas today.

Learn about these founding families, the first teacher, the building of the local churches, the first post office, and more on Saturday, September 11, at 2 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library.





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