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Capilla de Viejo San Acacio

  • San Acacio Mission

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    Originally built with a traditional flat roof, the church at San Acacio added a pitched roof and a new cupola during renovations in the early twentieth century.
    San Acacio Mission
  • Oldest Church in Colorado

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    The church at San Acacio, which was founded in the 1850s or 1860s, is generally considered the oldest continuously used European-American religious space in Colorado.
    Oldest Church in Colorado
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Heather L. Bailey and Astrid Liverman, “Capilla de Viejo San Acacio,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (July 2011).

Phillip Gallegos, “Religious Architecture in Colorado’s San Luis Valley,” in Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado, eds. Arturo Aldama, Elisa Facio, Daryl Maeda, Reiland Rabaka (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

Maria Mondragón Valdez, Casa del Señor: A Brief History of the Sangre de Cristo Parish Church and Its Missions (Self-published: Maria Valdez, 2001).

William Jones Wallrich, “The Village of Old San Acacio, Colorado,” Western Folklore 8, no. 4 (October 1949).

Additional Information: 

Valdez and Associates, The Culebra River Villages of Costilla County: Village Architecture and Its Historical Context, 1851–1940 (San Luis, CO: Valdez and Associates, 1991).