Encinoso, NM

by Bridget Harrington - Michael Moore May. 13, 2018 2155 views

Encinoso is a settlement on NM-246, on the North side of the Capitan Mountains. In 1915, R.A. Durn and Sam Farmer settled here, opening a general store and establishing a settlement, which they named for a stand of oak trees (encino is Spanish for oak). Early travelers to and from the territorial capital of Santa Fe often stopped in this area, especially since a spring 1.5 miles away supplied copious water.

The community thrived briefly and was large enough to warrant building a school.

Today, only a single residence (a trailer that is inhabited; we did not photograph this out of respect for the owner) remains.

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