Posts tagged “Mountain Churches

Black Iron Cross

Black Iron Cross Fence
Nambe, New Mexico Cemetery
Karen Rivera 2009


Jemez Springs Adobe Church

Jemez Springs, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Chimayo Chapel

Chimayo Chapel
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at Chimayo, New Mexico

Our Lady of Gudalupe Shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003


Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Los Cerrillos Madonna

Our Lady of Miracles
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2010


Small Abode Wall Church – Easter at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2007


Nambe Church Cross

Cross of the Day

Nambe, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2008


Sanctuario Church Tower with Cross

Church Tower with Cross, Chimayo
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2007


Village Church at Manzano, New Mexico

Manzano, Founded 1824
Manzano, New Mexico
Karen Rivera

Manzano is one of New Mexico’s small almost ghost towns tucked away in the Cibola National Forest. With an estimated population of 54, the main attractions are its photo opps and  the legendary Manzano Mountain Retreat.

For 35 years, the working apple farm has produced  4,000 bushels of apples and 3,000 gallons of cider annually. A daily update on the web site lists which of the 34 types are currently available.

The aerial shot below, taken from the Manzano Mountain Retreat website shows the orchards cut out of the forest.


St. Joseph’s Church ~ Los Cerrillos, New Mexico


Courtyard, Saint Joseph’s Church
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

Los Cerrillos has always seemed to me to be the perfect example of a  New Mexico boom town. Once the unofficial  capitial of the state,  it’s now a modern day ghost town on South 14, a few miles north of Madrid.

After the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880,  shipping the gold, silver, lead, zinc and turquoise from the 3,000 miners in the area no longer had to be shipped by wagon. Los Cerrillos grew to feature 21 saloons, 5 brothels, 4 hotels, several dance halls and a real honest-to-goodness Opera House. The construction of Saint Joseph’s Church on Main Street confirmed that civilization had truly arrived.

Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum, & Petting Zoo

Today, the washboard streets and dusty storefronts are a mostly undisturbed  reminder of  Old West meets celluloid. 13 films have been shot in and around Los Cerrillos, including the 1972 John Wayne movie The Cowboys shot just outside of town. A remnant of the production of Young Guns lingers on a two-story stucco wall.  The real Wortley Hotel (Motto: No Guest Gunned Down in Over a 100 Years) is in Lincoln, not Los Cerrillos.

Los Cerrillos porch ceiling

On weekends, Mary’s Saloon and the Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turqoise Mining Museum, & Petting Zoo swarm with tourists from the City Different stopping off on the Turquoise Trail. Several seasonal businesses open up with the return of the tourists, adding whimsical touches.

Several artists call Los Cerrillos home. Metal sculptures and eclectic murals are scattered though the tiny town. A few of the gritty, sandblasted storefronts now make it possible to walk under the stars as you stay out of the sun.

My connection with Los Cerrillos was very short-lived. My job working weekends  at the Tiffany Saloon and Melodrama ended when, as usual, my confidence in British mechanics was misplaced and my 1961 Morris Mini-Cooper needed a new engine.

 

The Tiffany Saloon and Melodrama burned down in 1977 but you can still find traces of it, and other long-lost buildings, by looking for the metal yellow signs all over town.

Karen Rivera 2010


The Entry Fee to Heaven ~ Sunday Services as Honest as the Horses We Ride

My favorite kinds of church services are ones that happen outdoors. There’s just something about a group of people singing hymns outside under a blue sky early on Sunday morning that touches me. It seems to be more of a direct spiritual connection when the sound echoes directly up to the sky without a roof in the way.

Chasing down an overheard reference in an Old Colorado Springs coffee shop, I stumbled on another of Colorado’s unexpected treats. Driving through most small towns, you wonder where the end of town is. In Penrose, 35 miles south on 115, you won’t have that problem. The town ends after a few blocks when the paved road abruptly does.The town has no stop lights, a volunteer fire department, and almost no problems except for what seems to be a group of entitled clowns.

The Sunday I stopped by the Cowboy Church, there were more horses than cars. The steam rising in the cold air from riders and the huffing of the horses was a scene out of a cowgirl’s dream. When they read the Rodeo Cowboy’s prayer at the end of the service in memory of long lost friends, I wasn’t the only one in tears.

Rodeo Cowboy’s Prayer

Our gracious and heavenly Father, we pause in the midst of this festive
occasion, mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that you have given us.
As cowboys, Lord, we don’t ask for any special favors.
We ask only that you let us compete in this arena.
We don’t ask to never break a barrier,
or to draw a round of steer that’s hard to throw,
or a chute fighting horse, or a bull that is impossible to ride.
We only ask that you help us to compete as honest as the horses we ride
and in a manner as clean and pure as the wind
that blows across this great land of ours.
So when we do make that last ride
that is inevitable for us all to make, to that place up there,
where the grass is green and lush and stirrup high,
that you’ll tell us as we ride in that our entry fees have been paid.
These things we ask.
Amen.


© Clem McSpadden. In memory of Howard Manuel, Jim Moore and Zachary Vanwhy.

 


Sunday Morning Mountain Services ~ Pike’s Peak from the Garden of the Gods Park

Sunday Morning in the Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs
July 2010
Karen Rivera


San Antonio Church, Punta de Agua

Punta de Aqua
Highway 55, Southern New Mexico
Karen Rivera

The small villages along Highway 55 have always held a special place in my hard-scrabble New Mexican heart. Using the few resources available in the barren, harsh acres early settlers recycled the ever-present rocks into homes, walls, and churches.

In Punta de Aqua, the rough-cut stone San Antonio Church stands as a monument to an earlier example of sustainable and green building.

If you’d like to walk through Punta de Aqua at street level, click here to go to Google Maps, then click satellite.


Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View

Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Sanctuario Gate

Sanctuario Gate
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

Cross of the Day

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian
2007


Jesse’s Cross, Chimayo

Jesse’s Cross, Chimayo
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


Three Rosary Crosses

Three Rosary Crosses
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


Hidden Cross with Flowers

Nambe Cemetery, Nambe New Mexico
sebastian 2005

Tucked away in a far corner, this small, weathered cross with new flowers shows that the hidden grave hasn’t been forgotten.


Small Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico

Small Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003


Church at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico

Cross of the DayChurch at Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003


Chapel Cross, Chimayo, New Mexico

Cross of the DayChimayo, New Mexico Chapel
sebastian 2003

The old chapel before the updated new Folk Artist look.


Iron Easter Crosses by the Roadside

Iron Easter Crosses by the Roadside
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 1999