About 24 miles northwest of
on a stretch of the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, sit two historic
in Monticello Canyon. Both Placita and Monticello are more than 150 years
old, getting their start in the fertile valley as farming and ranching
Placita, New Mexico
Highway 142, the old community of Placita, meaning "Little Plaza,” was
first settled by the Sedilla family in the 1840’s. Situated on the Canada
Alamosa River, the small community is still called home to several
residents who continue to make use of the land for farming and ranching.
Some of the residents
are the descendents of the original Sedilla family. The San Lorenzo
Catholic Church, built in 1916 still stands in very good condition,
continuing to serve parishioners today. A number of homes in various
conditions also stand, as well as an old dance hall and a home that
appears to have once been a school, or perhaps another church.
Monticello, New Mexico
The 1916 San Lorenzo Catholic Church still
stands in Placita, New Mexico,
Kathy Weiser-Alexander, February, 2008.
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