Researchers record the stories of communities inundated by Navajo Lake

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Researchers record the stories of communities inundated by Navajo Lake

Creation of reservoir displaced towns, families
Pupils of the Los Martinez School pictured in 1947 with their teacher, who taught grades one to eight in a little one-room schoolhouse. Los Martinez was one of four communities displaced by the creation of Navajo Lake, a 1.7 million acre-foot reservoir, which was completed in 1963.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Allison was built in 1925. Ruth Lambert, who is working on a history of the area, said Masses are no longer held at the church.
The entrance window at St. John the Baptist Church in Pagosa Junction. The church was built in 1927 and stands to this day. An annual Mass draws descendants from the region every year.
Ruth Lambert is studying historic churches along the San Juan River. This photo is of the community of Pagosa Junction, a railroad town that was abandoned.
A window on the west side of St. John the Baptist Church in Pagosa Junction. The church was built in 1927.
Courtesy of Marilu Waybourn and Paul Horn

Los Martinez Schoolhouse, circa 1956, after it had closed and the children were bused to Blanco Elementary School. Los Martinez was one of four communities displaced by the construction of Navajo Lake.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel is all that remains of the once vibrant ranchito community of Los Martinez. There is one mass each year, on the Saturday nearest Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, which is Dec. 12. After the Mass, parishioners follow the priest and those chosen to carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe around the church three times.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel is all that remains of the once vibrant ranchito community of Los Martinez. There is one mass each year, on the Saturday nearest Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, which is Dec. 12. After the Mass, parishioners follow the priest, and those chosen to carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe around the church three times.

Researchers record the stories of communities inundated by Navajo Lake

Pupils of the Los Martinez School pictured in 1947 with their teacher, who taught grades one to eight in a little one-room schoolhouse. Los Martinez was one of four communities displaced by the creation of Navajo Lake, a 1.7 million acre-foot reservoir, which was completed in 1963.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Allison was built in 1925. Ruth Lambert, who is working on a history of the area, said Masses are no longer held at the church.
The entrance window at St. John the Baptist Church in Pagosa Junction. The church was built in 1927 and stands to this day. An annual Mass draws descendants from the region every year.
Ruth Lambert is studying historic churches along the San Juan River. This photo is of the community of Pagosa Junction, a railroad town that was abandoned.
A window on the west side of St. John the Baptist Church in Pagosa Junction. The church was built in 1927.
Courtesy of Marilu Waybourn and Paul Horn

Los Martinez Schoolhouse, circa 1956, after it had closed and the children were bused to Blanco Elementary School. Los Martinez was one of four communities displaced by the construction of Navajo Lake.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel is all that remains of the once vibrant ranchito community of Los Martinez. There is one mass each year, on the Saturday nearest Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, which is Dec. 12. After the Mass, parishioners follow the priest and those chosen to carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe around the church three times.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel is all that remains of the once vibrant ranchito community of Los Martinez. There is one mass each year, on the Saturday nearest Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, which is Dec. 12. After the Mass, parishioners follow the priest, and those chosen to carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe around the church three times.
If you go

Patricia Tharp will give a talk called the “Lost Communities of Navajo Dam,” and Ruth Lambert will give a talk called the “History of Churches at Trujillo, Juanita, Pagosa Junction, Allison and Tiffany” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at the TARA Center, 333 Milton Lane, in Arboles.
The event is free and open to the public. People are asked to bring in old photographs or documents about the region.

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