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Watrous (La Junta)

Watrous, New Mexico
County of Mora.
National Register Number: 66000480
Resource type: District.
Property type: Transportation - road - related. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: NM-3 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1963):
Here, at the settlement of La Junta de los Rios Mara y Sapello, the Mountain and Cimarron Cutoff routes of the Santa Fe Trail joined. Wagon trains organized here before entering hostile Indian territory. In 1879, the Santa Fe Railroad laid out the present town of Watrous to the east.

The NHL consists of multiple structures some of which are in need of repair and restoration. After many years of drought the recent heavy rains have impacted the adobe structures within the Landmark.

In the fall of 2005 the owner of the Santiago Bonney house requested assistance from the IMR Heritage Partnerships Program (HPP) to stabilize the north wall of the structure which was deteriorating due to age and lack of maintenance. The Heritage Partnerships Program provided funding while the preservation crew from Fort Union NM and the Architectural Historian Jake Barrow provided technical assistance and skilled labor to brace the north wall until restoration can be completed. Restoration is expected to occur in the fall of 2006.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The Landmark in general requires protection, stabilization, repair and restoration.

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