Pray For Me
While in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, I got off of 285 to La Garita. I saw this church in the distance on a slight hill, and had to go. It was crazy windy and cold as anything. But I was so moved by this church. There was work being done on this historic church... I love these churches.
Julian Espinoza and the Atencio family donated land to build a Catholic church in the 1870s. The church steeple, said local store owner Ed Lambert, has the only five-pointed cross in the United States. The church was named San Juan de Baptista in honor of the saint whose feast day, June 21, was widely celebrated. The local people would attend mass and then race horses, dance, and in later years, play baseball. The church burned in 1923 and was rebuilt. It closed as a church in 1968, but has now been renovated into an art center.