"An encounter with Leo" Espanola by toonsarah
Espanola Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 19 photos
And it seemed to me that many of those un-thrown away items have found their way here, to Española.
The location of the Trading Post, marooned on a small triangle of land surrounded by busy roads, is somehow apt, because the place itself feels like a perfect slice of history marooned in the 21st century. As for Española itself, it is an unprepossessing town a few miles north of Santa Fe, but well worth a visit if only for this one single sight.
And if you’re wondering why a trading post in Española should be named for a neighbouring town, well apparently the building was originally built in nearby Chimayó in 1926, but was moved to this location in the 1930s. Behind the store is the Trujillo House, dating from around the same time. Both it and the store have been in the Trujillo family ever since, as we were to find out when we met Leo Trujillo inside. And as you will read, he is quite a character!
Please start your mini tour, as we did, with a visit to the Trading Post itself.
And later, to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico, please visit my Bandelier National Monument page.
- In a nutshell:"This place is going to be in a book, you know" (Leo Trujillo)
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