La Manga, New Mexico Stone Houses

Stone and Adobe Homes just outside property of Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel - La Manga, New Mexico

The part stone and adobe buildings in this phot...
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Stone and Adobe Homes just outside property of Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel - La Manga, New Mexico

The part stone and adobe buildings in this photo are located in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. The place is catalogued as Cemetery by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names and its elevation above sea level is equal to 6,571ft. (2003mt.)
The buildings in this photo have stone walls and foundations at least three feet thick. The steep roofs are covered with metal to shed rain in summer and in winter snow-ice. The inside walls were first made smooth with adobe mud. The area has abundant lime rock which was burned in a pit and then ground into a fine powder using a large metate of malpais rock. The fine powder was then mixed with water to make a plaster like solution which was applied to the walls by dipping a zalellita, a piece of sheepskin about six inches in diameter, into the mixture and rubbing it on the walls. This gave the walls an off-white color. By using different colors of dirt, which was found in different part of the territory, they varied the colors of the walls (encale de jaspe). The bottom 8 inches of the wall was covered with yellow dirt mixed with talc. This border served a very practical purpose. The floors were of caked adobe mud, which would be sprinkled with water often, so that they could be kept clean with a small broom called escobita dep popote. The yellow border, called faneja, dust board, protected from becoming discolored from the dust of repeated sweepings.
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kathleenweetman December 17, 2014
Hi Ernesto ...me again..love the description and the image////k A very joyous Chrstmas to you..k
1Ernesto December 17, 2014
Thank you for the wishes and for the "Superior Skill" peer recognition. Researching this area has been a challenge as I'm sure these buildings had been built even before New Mexico became a State in 1912. Names and places have different spellings and many records have been lost. Was so happy to find these fine buildings still with some roof on etc.........
gek1701 December 17, 2014
Great description and capture! Do u know old these buildings might be?
1Ernesto December 18, 2014
We are still researching but at present our best guess is these buildings came into being in the late 1800's. We think that these served as a summer residence as we found no evidence of fireplaces or holes in the roof for chimneys. The third building back had a kitchen and would have had a woodburning stove.
valeriemurchie-stolpe December 18, 2014
Love these old building and the point of view you used to capture them.
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dareco January 18, 2015