From Cañones, New Mexico to Turkey Creek, Colorado: The life of José Mariano de Jesús Valdés, an early settler of Huerfano County
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 1:00PM — 3:00PM
José Mariano de Jesús Valdés had a penchant for moving north. Born in Cañones, New Mexico, during the Spanish period, he married in 1829 during the Mexican period. As the danger from Native Americans diminished and treaties were secured, he made his home in present-day Questa, New Mexico, where he served as alcalde in 1850, the year New Mexico became a U.S. Territory. With the opening up of today's southern Colorado, he and his family ventured further north to Costilla County. In 1867 he again moved his family, this time to Los Germanes, a town east of Walsenburg. Finally, he bought a ranch in Turkey Creek, received a U.S. land patent, and lived out his days there. For so many settlers, the borders didn't exist; people moved from place to place in search of their forever home. Today, Valdés has countless descendants, many still living in Colorado. The speaker, Marcus Flores, is his great-great-great-great grandson.
The stories told in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit are getting richer. Join authors, artists, scholars, and activists from around the country this fall for the Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series as they deepen discussions an complicate narratives on various Borderlands topics. All talks are free and open to the public.
This series is sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo. Talks at Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center are further sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.