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Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Bicuner - 1781

Franciscan padres based at missions along the California coast ventured across the desert to establish missions along the Colorado River. The one near Yuma was the first, but was destroyed, and the mission fathers and white settlers killed, by the Mohave Indians.

Wikipedia article: Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Bicuner

 thumbnail - The site of a failed Franciscan mission to the Quechan Nation

The site of a failed Franciscan mission to the Quechan Nation

, California

April 3, 2000
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Yuma Territorial Prison

San Xavier del Bac - 1692

Known as the white dove of the Desert the grand stone mission building is one of Tucson's most popular sights. It's stark white exterior contrasts with the elaborate baroque interior.

Wikipedia article: Mission San Xavier del Bac

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San Xavier mission from the parking lot

San Xavier del Bac National Historic Landmark, south of Tucson, Arizona

March 29, 2000
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Tumacacori - 1751

The mission at Tumacacori was founded in 1691 by Father Eusebio Kino. It flourished alongside the busy route between Tucson and Mexico (now Interstate 19).

Wikipedia article: Mission San Jose de Tumacacori

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Tumacacori National Historical Park, Arizona

April 20, 2010
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Santa Cruz River

San Francisco de Asis - 1772

The adobe Church of Saint Francis near Taos is renowned for its voluptuous mud-plastered contours.

Wikipedia article: San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

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The annual "mudding" of Saint Francis de Assisi church - One

, New Mexico

June 7, 2000
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Ranchos de Taos
Taos
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Las Trampas - 1760

One of several old churches in the rugged foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Range. This is in an area known for its secretive Catholic sect known as the Penitentes.

Wikipedia article: San Jose de Gracia Church

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Inside the church at Las Trampas

, New Mexico

June 7, 2000
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Sangre de Cristo Mountains

San Ildefonso - 1711

A Spanish mission church built right on the plaza in the ancient pueblo of San Ildefonso.

Wikipedia article: San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico

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The mud church at San Ildefonso Pueblo

, New Mexico

June 7, 2000
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Northern Pueblos

San Miguel Mission - 1610

The Church of San Miguel in Santa Fe claims to be the oldest church in the United States.

Wikipedia article: San Miguel Mission

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The Church of San Miguel , oldest in the US

, New Mexico

May 28, 2003
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Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road in Santa Fe

Pecos Mission - 1619

Pecos was once a lively stop along that Santa Fe Trail, a major trade route, but is now reduced to dramatic red mud ruins.

Wikipedia article: Mission Nuestra Se

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In the ruined church at Pecos

, New Mexico

May 29, 2003
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Fort Union

Zuni Pueblo

The old mission church is still the largest and most imposing building in the densely built-up pueblo village of Zuni.

Wikipedia article: Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico

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The Old Zuni Mission, Zuni Pueblo

, New Mexico

May 31, 2003
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San Estevan at Acoma - 1629

The huge adobe Church of San Esteban still serves the Indians of Acoma, the Sky City. This unique pueblo perches on a flat mesa top surrounded on all sides by vertical cliffs.

Wikipedia article: San Estevan Del Rey Mission Church

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The adobe church of San Esteban, Acoma

, New Mexico

May 30, 2003
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San Felipe Neri - 1793

On the old plaza in Albuquerque, the church of San Felipe Neri is central to the history of New Mexico.

Wikipedia article: San Felipe de Neri Church

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The church of San Felipe Neri, on Old Town Plaza, the historic center of Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 17, 2009
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Abo - 1640

A kiva nestles incongruously inside the foundations of the mission church in the ruins of the peublo of Abo.

Wikipedia article: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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A kiva within the church cloister at the ruined mission at Abo

Abo, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico

October 14, 2009
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Quarai

One of the cities that died of fear, Quarai pueblo once had a large enough population to justify building a mission.

Wikipedia article: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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Near the altar of the ruined mission church at the abandoned pueblo of Quarai, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Quarai, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico

October 14, 2009
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Las Humanas at Gran Quivira

Gran Quivira stands atop a ridge at the edge of the great plains, a mission church atop the ruins of a large stone pubelo.

Wikipedia article: Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

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In the nave of the ruined church at Grand Quivira

Gran Quivira, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico

October 14, 2009
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San Miguel de Socorro - 1598

Socorro was a key supply point along the Rio Grande trade route.

Wikipedia article: San Miguel de Socorro

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The mission church in Socorro is a modern building in the California mission style

Socorro, New Mexico

October 15, 2009
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Jemez Mission Church - 1621

Wikipedia article: Jemez Historic Site


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