Sitting smack dab in the middle of the most populous area of New Mexico, the burgeoning metropolis of Albuquerque, the often sedate Village of Corrales
still strives to retain it's rural character. The image above & below are examples of that tradition--this acequia is the Main Corrales Canal,
which runs the length of the town along Loma Larga Road, & provides water via dozens of turnouts serving the many private farms. Acequias are community-operated
canals that carry water from the river to the fields.Originally used in Spain, the idea migrated to the modern-day Southwest, & Northern NM specifically,
around 400 years ago. Above is a padlocked gate-lock, opened only by the acequia Mayordomo; the canal was already running in mid-March, ready to irrigate
the Corrales farmlands. For a more complex article about the small Village of Corrales, click here.
The El Vado Motel has had an eventful 80+ year history so far...Restaurants, shops, the refurbished motel & public gathering/convention spaces are bringing the historic property into the next 80 years... Read More
I learned two new concepts along the way at Los Poblanos: what a Coping is & all about Zaguan Doors...A coping is a cap or covering of a wall, like the brick that caps
the top of Meem Territorial building, seen below & here. They may consist of stone (capstone), brick, tile, slate, metal or wood. A Zaguan Door
is a door-within-a-door--a large, often decorated grande entry door to a hacienda courtyard, with a more functional human-sized door carved out of
it. The larger door can be opened for horses or carts to be brought inside. A good example from Los Poblanos can be seen in the two images below, one
from the outside & another image from inside the hacienda-style courtyard.