By Don Durante Jr

Gran Quivira 10a

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D3000
State/Province/Region
NM
Country
US
Town
Mountainair, NM
Brief Directions

can be reached by taking I-25 south from Albuquerque to Belen, then NM 47 diagonally to US 60, then east 21 miles to Mountainair. To travel the historic highway route from the north, take I-40 east from Albuquerque to NM 337, drive south 54 miles to Mountainair. Information on the Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira ruins, as well as the surrounding area, are provided by National Park Service rangers at all three ruins and park headquarters. Gran Quivira: Ruins are 26 miles south on NM 55. Telephone: (505) 847-2770.

Description

The Gran Quivira Mission Ruins: The Gran Quivira stands upon an eminence of about 7,000 feet altitude, and commands a wide view of the surrounding country. The old church, of which only a few ruined walls remain, was established about the time the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock. The "new" church was built about 1649, of blue-gray limestone laid in mud mortar in the form of a cross, with the short arms forming the side chapels. Its walls, in places nearly 40 feet high and 4 to 6 feet thick,

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Date Added
February 6, 2013
Date Taken
June 2, 2013

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