Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 21

We drove past rafters on the Rio Grande on our way back to Taos. We stopped at the famous San Francisco de Asis church. Construction on the church was started in 1776 by Franciscan missionaries, was completed in 1815 and is still in use today. Then we went to the adobe home of Kit Carson where the famous scout, explorer, and Army general lived from 1843 to 1868. We then had lunch at Montes Chow Cart where we ate delicious chile relleno burritos. Then we visited the Taos Pueblo which is over 1,000 years old (the oldest continuously inhabited community in the U.S.) No electricity or running water is allowed at the pueblo. As a result there are only about 80 people willing to endure these austere conditions and live in the pueblo full time. We saw the ruins of a church built in 1619 by Spanish priests with Indian labor. The church was burned by the U.S. army in 1847 in retaliation for an Indian revolt. Around 300 Indians who tried to seek refuge in the church were killed in the fire. Then we walked around the shops in Taos Plaza and had drinks at the nearby Alley Cantina.

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