Naming of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Naming of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
Adams State University’s Luther Bean Museum
208 Edgemont Blvd, Room 2-600,
Alamosa, CO 81101

This piece tells the early history of the bloody conflict between the indigenous people of the San Luis Valley and early European settlers. From these wars, the Spanish are said to have christened the mountains for the blood of Christ in commemoration of the lives that were lost. The naming for the mountain range directly translates as "the blood of Christ." T​his mural took about a year's time to complete and was created by Adams State University faculty member J. Noel Tucker.

Photo: Courtesy of the Adams State University Luther Bean Museum