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  Sign near the Plaza
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  • Sign near the Plaza - Socorro
      Sign near the Plaza
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  • Wheel of History - Socorro
      Wheel of History
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  • Dog in the Plaza - Socorro
      Dog in the Plaza
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  • Another of the signs around the Plaza - Socorro
      Another of the signs around the Plaza
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  • Capitol Bar - Socorro
      Capitol Bar
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If you pass by Socorro on I25, or even if you leave the Interstate and drive through on the main thoroughfare, California Street, you could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing to the town apart from chain motels, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, shopping plazas and gas stations. Certainly you are unlikely to realise from this superficial glance that there is any real history to the town, let alone that some of this history is on show just a block behind the modern face that it turns to the highway. But so it is. One block west of California Street is Socorro?s Plaza, and in its immediate surroundings you can get a sense of the small pueblo it once was.

The plaza on the late Saturday afternoon when we visited appeared to be a popular hang-out for local young people, assorted dog-walkers (see photo three for an unusually dressed pooch!) and other locals maybe meeting up with friends prior to evening Mass at the nearby church or a few Saturday night beers perhaps. The atmosphere was quite lively but not one in which we as the (I think) sole tourists felt out of place. The centre of the plaza is a small park, Kittrel Park, named for a local dentist who first planted the grass and trees here, and around it a number of historic sights such as the ?Wheel of History? in photo 2. This bronze sculpture, just to the north of the plaza itself, was created in the late 90s to illustrate the history of the town. Around the edge of the plaza and in nearby streets are a number of interesting signs such as the ones in my main photo and photo four, each depicting a feature of the town or surrounding area.

When you?ve finished your stroll around the plaza and are ready for some refreshment, I can recommend the Manzanero Coffee Bar on its eastern side. They brew proper espresso, make some delicious iced coffee drinks, and it?s the sort of place where you can sit for ages over a cup while reading a book, writing your post-cards or catching up on your VT notes ;-) Next door is an historic bar, the Capital Bar (photo five), which lays claim to being the oldest still-operating drinking establishment in town. We were driving however, so favoured the coffee shop on this occasion.

Directions: Turn west onto Manzanares Street from California Street.

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  • Updated Nov 1, 2011
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