We’ll be sharing about these special places in a new blog series, Do you know this place? We’ll quiz you on what you might know and then tell you what makes the place special.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), let’s take a look at this building, originally owned by a Hispano rancher.
Do You Know This Building?
1. Where is it?
a) southeast of Manzanola
b) north of Merino
c) south of Marvel
d) northeast of Mosca
2. When was it built?
This two-story log home northeast of Mosca is a rare find. It was built in 1879 when its owner, Pedro Trujillo, began homesteading a mile from his father, San Luis Valley pioneer Teofilo Trujillo. Being a rebellious thirteen-year-old, Pedro decided to build this log house instead of a traditional adobe dwelling.
His father Teofilo, who was born in what was then Mexico, had moved to southern Colorado with other settlers during the 1850s and 1860s. He was the target of violent intimidation by cattle farmers, who killed ninety of his sheep and burned his home to the ground in 1902. Teofilo moved to San Luis; his son Pedro, Pedro’s wife Sofia, and their nine children moved to Sargent, where Pedro later served as a deputy sheriff.