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Placita New Mexico

San Lorenzo Church in Las Placitas New Mexico

Las Placitas grazersThe correct name of this town is up for debate. In his book “The Place Names of New Mexico,” Robert Julyan states that the town’s inhabitants call it “Las Placitas.” Other publications say the name is “Placitas.”

But the signage in Sierra County uses “Placita” (as does Mr. Julyan) – so we’re sticking with that.

sign post for Monticello and Placitas New Mexico

Placita was reportedly founded by the Sedillo family in the 1840s. San Lorenzo Catholic Church (built in 1916), the schoolhouse, a dance hall, and some old homes still stand.

(3 miles south of Monticello on NM 142; driving directions)

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