• Quarai 2014

    Salinas Pueblo Missions

    National Monument New Mexico

History & Culture

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An automobile at Gran Quivira National Monument in 1925
SAPU Museum Collection
 

For hundreds of years, the Missions, Pueblos, Kivas, and Homesteads of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument have stood as testaments to the people and cultures that have called this area home. From the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan and Jumano groups, to the 17th century Spanish Franciscan missionaries, the returning settlers of the 1800s, and the 19th and 20th century archeologists and Park Service employees, the People, Places, and Stories of the Salinas Pueblo Missions make this a special place.

 
Cover of Historic Structures Report

For further information on the history of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument please check out: "In the Midst of a Loneliness"The Architectural History of the Salinas Missions.

 

 
 

Did You Know?

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The Salinas Pueblo Missions were more than just church buildings. The Franciscans also taught the Indians the Spanish language, new agricultural methods, and crafts.