Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

FORREST FENN and PONCE de LEON SPRINGS - near Taos, NM

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • FORREST FENN and PONCE de LEON SPRINGS - near Taos, NM

    Ponce de Leon Springs has a long history going back to pre-historic days as a gathering place of the pueblo peoples. It was located along a strategic route through Miranda Canyon that connected Taos Pueblo to Picuris Pueblo and all the pueblos south. So there were trade festivals and gatherings held there over the centuries, and the Springs became a sacred place to the native people. When the Spanish came they began using this same route and it became known to many as the last leg of the el Camino Real connecting Taos to Santa Fe, though it is apparently not officially recognized as such, except by the Forest Service and several local historians and writers.

    The Springs had a rough history of commercial development and overuse and fared poorly moving into the new millenium. A private preservation group bought the property and created a preservation trust to keep the springs in as natural a state as possible, and made the Taos Pueblo the protectors of the springs, now re-named as Taos Pueblo Springs.

    Was FF an investor in the group that saved the Springs ? Did he contribute anonymously to this cause, to preserve a piece of ancient history in his own backyard ?

  • #2
    FF would have been well acquainted with Ponce de Leon Springs from all of the time he spent in Taos and all of the research he did on the area and its inhabitants. So That is why I believe Ponce de Leon Springs was WWWH, leading down Miranda Canyon and onto the old el Camino Real trail.

    Comment

    Working...
    X