Casa Ortiz

Casa Ortiz (HM15UL)

Location: Socorro, TX 79927 El Paso County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 39.281', W 106° 18.198'

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Legend says this house was built before 1800. In 1840s, its owner was Jose Ortiz, whose cart train freighted salt from foot of Guadalupe Mountains to Durango; knives, sarapes, clothing to Santa Fe and Llano Estancado. There he traded with Comanches and other wild Indians for dried buffalo hides and meat. He was a "Comanchero, Salinero, Cibolero". Francisca Lujan, the widow of Epifanio Ortiz (1842?-1932), was last of family to live here, in 1940s.

A fine example of New Spain's frontier architecture: thick adobe walls; cottonwood and willow vigas and latias with dirt roof.
HM NumberHM15UL
Year Placed1973
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 5:54pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 376432 N 3502898
Decimal Degrees31.65468333, -106.30330000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 39.281', W 106° 18.198'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 39' 16.86" N, 106° 18' 11.88" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10189 Socorro Rd, Socorro TX 79927, US
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