Taos: A Fountain of Tradition and History

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The Taos Pueblo, which borders the town of Taos on its north side, has been occupied for nearly a millennium. It is estimated that the pueblo was built between 1000 and 1450 A.D., with some later expansion, and the pueblo is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.

Located in a tributary valley off the Rio Grande, it is the most northern of the New Mexico pueblos. The pueblo, at some places five stories high, is a combination of many individual homes with common walls.

There are over 1,900 Taos Indians living within the greater pueblo-area community. Many of them have modern homes near their fields and live there in summer months, only staying at their homes within the main North or South pueblo buildings during cooler weather.

About 150 people live within the main pueblo buildings year-round.The Taos Pueblo was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Check out this fountain that celebrates the archaeological heritage of Taos & New Mexico, the Estancia Fountain by Campania International: