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Adobe Churches of New Mexico: Part 3

Have you been touring New Mexico’s churches with us? If not, check out the beginning of the series.

So far we’ve covered the urban churches of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and rural churches scattered around central and northern New Mexico. Today, we explore forgotten churches from around the state.

Forgotten Churches

Our Lady of Light, Lamy

This mission church dates back to 1926 when Lamy was the closest train station to the state capital of Santa Fe. This train station both built up the town and then, when train travel decreased, it also contributed to the mass exodus of Lamy. The once-thriving hotel and dining room nearby fell into disrepair (though they have been recently resurrected – and a tasty resurrection at that!) and the church was deconsecrated in 1994. Over the years there have been several attempts to gain funding for restoration. So far, none have been successful.

Adobe Church, San Geronimo

Not much could be found about this nearly-vacant 1830s church. It is located in a virtual ghost town. Check out the images of the area.

Catholic Church, Cuervo

This church – also in a near ghost town – is still functioning (although services are somewhat sporadic). The railroad came through and the town sprung up around 1901. The town was at its zenith during the Route 66 days. Then, when railroad travel declined and Route 66 was replaced by the I-40, the town shriveled up. The church dates from WWI.  More of Cuervo.

Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Cañoncito at Apache Canyon

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Hovering on the edge of I-25 is this 1880s church and its adjacent graveyard. It was picturesque enough to capture the attention of Ansel Adams and several painters.

Lane & Juliet

The writing and photography team behind Southwest Compass, the travel blog for the American Southwest.



I love that church in Cuervo. Something so appealing about it to me.

The Duo

Cuervo is the best ghost town in New Mexico. And, it’s right off I-40! Great if passing through.

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