Monticello New Mexico was founded by ranchers and farmers in 1856 as Cañada Alamosa (Cottonwood Canyon).
In 1881 its first postmaster, Aristide Bourguet, renamed the town that was located not far from the headquarters for the Warm Springs Apache Agency.
Built in a square around a plaza in order to protect residents from attack, the town features old adobe homes that have been restored by new residents.
Mass is still said at historic San Ignacio Catholic Church, built in 1867, and the local cemetery has graves dating from the 1800s.
At right: Monticello’s San Ignacio Church, built in 1867.
(25 miles north of T or C on NM 142; driving directions)