Santuario de Chimayo isn’t the only historic church on the High Road to Taos
San Jose de Gracia at Las Trampas
Founded in 1751 by a Spanish land grant entitled Santo Tomás Apostol del Río de las Trampas, (Saint Thomas, Apostle of the River of Traps), the village was settled by 12 families from Santa Fe, led by seventy-four-year-old Juan de Arguello.
Built between 1760 and 1776, local legend says the church actually dates from a much earlier time when twelve devout men built a church of the twelve apostles during the twelve year period from 1580 to 1592.
Las Trampas was never large enough to have a resident priest, so the faithful of the village were served by the Franciscans at the Picurís Pueblo, several miles up the road from Trampas. The village was also served by the Penitentes, as was the case in many rural areas on northern New Mexico.
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