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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Background: Jemez Springs, Via Coeli, Servants of the Paraclete

Stories from early days abound. The fiesta days on August 15 saw tables piled high with food for visiting priests and friends, men and boys running a bull through the street with impromptu capes flying, horse races to Soda Dam and back, the church lit by the glow of many farolitos, dancing in the streets until dawn. Health-seekers poured in to immerse themselves in the mineral-heavy waters.

Slowly, however, modern times came to the Jemez Valley.

The Servants of the Paraclete was founded in 1947 and set up a complex of retreat houses just north of Jemez Springs. The Handmaids of the Precious Blood was also established in 1947. In 1948, The Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative was established. State Highway 4 was first paved through the village in 1949.

Jemez Springs was incorporated as a village in 1955. Telephone service reached Jemez Springs in 1964. Today it is a thriving small mountain community. An estimated 2 million visitors a year visit the area via State Highway 4.

Above is direct quote from Jemez Springs Website:

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