San Ildefonso – Pueblo Bonito Inn Suite #20
Cozy and warm. This inviting Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast suite shares a portal with our Tewa suite. It has carpeting with a queen bed in the bedroom; a queen futon, corner kiva fireplace, TV and Taos-style chair in the sitting room; vigas; large round table with chairs, rust colored mexican tile in full kitchen and bath; lots of room in the closets, cable color TV, DSL internet access and phone.
The entire staff was super – from the gracious owners, Herb and Amy, to our new-found friends Phyllis and Strelsa (staff). Extremely friendly and helpful people. Clean
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Background – San Ildefonso People
The San Ildefonso Pueblo is situated north of Santa Fe and is home to about 500 residents. The most striking physical feature of the pueblo is the Black Mesa. The Rio Grande River cuts through the pueblo, providing plenty of water for irrigation. This is a Tewa- speaking pueblo, which had a history of growing corn and beans. They stored thier harvest in pots and covered with rawhide. There are several archeological sites on the pueblo, which has been occupied since 1300 AD. The Spanish attacked the pueblo in 1694 and the tribe sought refuge on the top of Black Mesa, where they successfully repelled the Spanish advance. Eventually the tribe surrendered, and the pueblo population was decimated by disease. By 1864 there were only 161 pueblo members left. A smallpox outbreak in 1918 took the population below 100. This pueblo is unique vigas and columned porches. Today there is a nearby dam that supplies irrigation water to grow corn, beans, squash and chilies. Many of these items can be seen drying on lines in the backyards of people’s homes.
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