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A flour mill, a sawmill, and a famous church helped make this unincorporated hamlet (1854, 7,882 feet) the county seat. It still retains some of its original plaza configuration with a modern county courthouse that replaces an old one destroyed by fire in the 1970s. The Garcia House (1860s), built by Castelar Garcia, on the southeast edge of Conejos Plaza, is a single-story adobe house, which now lies behind a prominent stone and iron fence. An example of late Territorial adobe, it has a hipped roof and mud-plastered walls. A newer front entry porch with Victorian bracketed supports and other updatings camouflage its antiquity.

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Thomas J. Noel

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