Socorro Plaza

(Socorro NM)
The Socorro Plaza was a welcome respite of shade, green grass, walkways, and resting benches. A gazebo/band stand was the centerpiece in the small park. The surrounding streets held shops, an art gallery, and the Capitol Bar from 1896.

Socorro Plaza

Socorro Plaza

An extension to the south included a Veteran’s Memorial and a playground with a military theme. Each branch of the military was recognized, and locals that died while serving were remembered. There was also a fragment of the casing for the A-bomb exploded at the Trinity Site.

Socorro Plaza

Capitol Bar

Socorro Plaza

Children’s Playground

Socorro Plaza

Veterans Memorial

Another portion went north and included the Heritage Park with a large Wheel sculpture depicting important events. Hand painted tiles by locals were on display. At the end was the Juan José Baca home and store built in 1870. It is now a restaurant.

Socorro Plaza

Wheel of History

Socorro Plaza

Juan José Baca Home

Socorro Plaza

San Miguel Mission

About three blocks north of the plaza, was the San Miguel Mission, founded in 1615. The original plaza would have normally been near the church. But, I believe the Piro native village was likely around the chapel. The plaza and surrounding features provided a relaxing and interesting stroll.

Camp: Cibola NF-Water Canyon CG drycamp
Scene: Plaza, monument, stores, chapel

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4 Responses to Socorro Plaza

  1. Martha March 12, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

    I just love the shade of those trees in the first picture. I can just imagine sitting in that beautiful setting, staying cool under the trees!

    • Pleinguy March 13, 2018 at 12:00 am #

      It was a rather pleasant place. I’m sure you would have enjoyed it.

  2. Barney Ward March 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    Thanks for the coverage of Socorro. Socorro was already in my plans for April. Now I have even more reason than the Walmart to go there.

    • Pleinguy March 14, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

      Glad to be of help. Enjoy!

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