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Socorro County Courthouse

The Socorro County Courthouse was built in 1940 using the Spanish Pueblo Revival Style of architecture. It replaced the one built in 1884 using the High Victorian style of architecture that was damaged by an earthquake in 1906. This is a pretty building with projecting Vigas (dry peeled logs used for decoration) and wooden lintels.

Mission San Miguel

The mission here was founded in 1598 and the parish established in 1615. The mission was built in 1821 and was originally called "Nuestra Senora de Perpetuo Socorro" (Our Lady of Perpetual Help). The mission quickly became a center for the community and its activities. In the early 1800s a band of Apache planned to attack the church; but called it off when they reportedly saw a man with wings carrying a sword hovering over the doorway to the mission. A petition was made to the bishop to change the name to San Miguel in honor of St Michael Angelic protector of the people. The church is very impressive and a pretty reminder of the town history.

Garcia Opera House

Probably the most famous building in Socorro after the mission is the Garcia Opera House. It is located a short distance from Kittrel Park and was built by Francesca Garcia in 1884 using money left to her by her late husband. The opera house was built with curved walls 34 inches in width to improve the strength and the acoustics of the building. It also has possibly the last "raked" stage in existence in the United States.

  • Last visit to Socorro: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2012
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Helpful tips of Socorro. Thanks for your sharing your adventure. SL :)

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    Dec 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Hi, Jim! Thanks for your story! Socorro looks like an interesting place with rich heritage....

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