Acequias, Trails, Land Grants, and Early Twentieth-Century Urban Expansion: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Southeast Santa Fe

Stephen Post

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

WaterWaterPhotograph by and courtesy of Jessica CalzadaWaterPhotograph by and courtesy of Jessica Calzada

The acequias and arroyos of Santa Fe’s southeast neighborhood supported an agrarian lifestyle and served as important landmarks for Spanish land grants. Roads and trails through the area connected Santa Fe with settlements near Pecos and Galisteo during the Spanish Colonial period. Early twentieth-century growth and thirst for land gave rise to companies like the De Vargas Development Corporation, which was a major influence on the character of the neighborhood we see today. Stephen Post has spent more than twenty years researching the archaeological history of the Northern Rio Grande valley with emphasis on the Santa Fe area.

Videography and editing by SAR volunteer John Sadd

Sponsored by The Historic Santa Fe Foundation

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