Socorro Mission

Coordinates: 31°39′33.64″N 106°18′12.55″W / 31.6593444°N 106.3034861°W / 31.6593444; -106.3034861
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Socorro Mission
Socorro Mission
Socorro Mission is located in Texas
Socorro Mission
Socorro Mission
Socorro Mission is located in the United States
Socorro Mission
Socorro Mission
Location328 S. Nevarez Rd, Socorro, Texas
Coordinates31°39′33.64″N 106°18′12.55″W / 31.6593444°N 106.3034861°W / 31.6593444; -106.3034861
Area11 acres (4.5 ha)
Built1682, 1840
NRHP reference No.72001359[1]
TSAL No.8200000247
RTHL No.3407
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 16, 1972
Designated TSALDecember 18, 1992
Designated RTHL1963

The original Franciscan mission, Nuestra Señora de la Concepción del Socorro, was founded in 1682 by the Franciscan order, to serve displaced Spanish families, American Indians (the Piro, Tano and Jemez) from New Mexico, who fled the central New Mexico region during the Pueblo Revolt. The present Socorro Mission was constructed around 1839 to replace an earlier 18th-century mission destroyed in 1829 by flooding of the Rio Grande. The mission, constructed of adobe surfaced with stucco, is particularly notable for its interior. The finely painted and decorated beams, or vigas, are from the 18th-century mission and were reused when the present church was constructed. The massing, details and use of decorative elements of the Socorro Mission show strong relationships to the building traditions of 17th-century Spanish New Mexico.[2]

The Socorro Mission is located at 328 S. Nevarez Rd. south of El Paso on I-10 at Moon Rd. and FM 258.

A full-size replica of the Socorro Mission was featured in El Paso's exhibit in the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It was later dismantled and rebuilt as St. Anthony Church in Dallas.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Wayne Bell; Gary Hume (December 13, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Socorro Mission / Mission Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion del Pueblo de Socorro" (PDF). Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "LA PURISIMA-SOCORRO MISSION - Diocese of El Paso". Archived from the original on December 5, 2015.

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