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Chapel in the Sky: 1943

Chapel in the Sky: 1943

Spring 1943. Church at Cerros [Cerro], near Costilla, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Cerro, NM

The actual town name is Cerro, not Cerros. It's in Taos county just south of the Colorado border.

both

The stucture probably served both purposes....church and school.

Schoolhouse?

Looks more like a church to me, with a steeple topped by a cross at the far end.

[You're absolutely correct. Thanks! I should have blown this one up. Anyone familiar with where this is? - Dave]

 
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