Conejos County History
       What is Now Conejos County was settled by a group of Spanish settlers from the Abiquiu, NM area who were looking for rich farm land and good grazing land for their animals. They were pleased to find the valley full of green pastures for their stock and flowing rivers to help with the irrigation of the their land. Many people settled in Ortiz and San Miguel, which is across the river in New Mexico. Others built their homes in Conejos, San Rafael, San Antonio and Lobatos. The people of Conejos County more colsely associate themselves with the beautiful culture of New Mexico, as this is the region where their ancestors lived for well over two hundred years.

Bibliographical References

The Links are to sites where you can buy the Books, but there are other Libraries and book sources where you can find them.

History of Colorado
on line at CO State Library

The People of El Valle
by Olibama Lopez Tushar
(El Escritorio, Pueblo, CO)

The San Luis Valley Historian
published by The San Luis Valley Historical Society
(SLV Historical Society, P.O. Box 982, Alamosa, CO 81101)

The San Luis Valley
by Virginia McConnell Simmons
(Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, CO

Conejos County, A Quick History
by Leiland Feitz
(Little London Press, 29 East Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

Conejos County
by Frances Harey Mead
(Century One Press, 2325 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs CO 80909)

The Mormons: 100 Years in the San Luis Valley of Colorado 1883-1983
complied and edited by Carlton Q. Anderson, Betty Shawcroft, and Robert Compton, published
by the LaJara Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Mormon Colonization of the San Luis Valley, Colorado 1878-1900
Judson Harold Flower, Jr. (it was his master's thesis from BYU published in 1966 by him
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