New historic marker honors early New Mexico rancher


A new historic marker in the South Valley honors the head of one of New Mexico’s early ranching families. 

A ribbon cutting this weekend unveiled the sign dedicated to Josefa Baca, who settled in what’s now the South Valley in the early 1700s. 

She is credited with establishing a farming tradition on the Pajarito Mesa lasting for generations. 

Baca’s marker is just north of the Historic Gutierrez-Hubbell House along Isleta. 

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