I’ve officially lived in Santa Fe for nearly a year now (I’ve been here longer, but I waited nearly two months to get a driver’s license) and I thought I’d done a pretty fair job of sightseeing—Loretto staircase, check; Plaza markets, check; Roundhouse, double-check. So when I decided to start a Santa Fe bucket list, I was surprised at how much I had missed. To ensure you don’t miss out, below is a list of three scenic or historical markers I’ve discovered that everyone in Santa Fe, resident or passerby, should take a moment to notice. Just in time for tourist season, sightsee like a local.
What is this thing? The “oldest” house in the US
Why should I care? This is an 800-year old house! Check out the museum next door for its history.
How do I get there? 215 E De Vargas Street—it may be an alley, but the museum has parking.
Now what? The house is a adjacent to San Miguel Church, the oldest church structure in the US.
What is this thing? Marker to commemorate the World War II Japanese internment camp in Santa Fe
Why should I care? Though not a proud in moment in US and New Mexico history, it is paramount to remember the atrocities of our past, lest we repeat them in our future.
How do I get there? The stone is in Frank S Ortiz Park; up the gravel road is a parking lot, from which you can see the memorial as well as amazing views of the city.
Now what? The New Mexico History Museum illuminates the good and bad of Santa Fe’s history. Or, if it’s a nice day, enjoy the park!
What is this thing? Marks the building where William H Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, was held after his final arrest
Why should I care? The Kid is an icon of the American Southwest, and a visit to the site of his demise is an opportunity not to be missed.
How do I get there? The building is located on W San Francisco Street, just west of Galisteo Street.
Now what? Ever heard of Collected Works Bookstore? The building now houses this local shop. Pop inside for books on Billy and other Santa Fe lore.
Are you salivating for more points-of-interest? Head to 2550 Cerrillos Road (think state Regulation and Licensing Department) for a marker that, in addition a brief history of Santa Fe, posts a map of the City Different and many of her landmarks.