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Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate

Camino al Norte is a traveling exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 1598, Juan de Oñate led the last great expedition from Mexico to establish a kingdom north of the Río Grande. Although de Oñate’s attempt to create a new Mexico failed, his expedition led directly to the establishment of roads, cities, and industries that are woven into the texture of the American Southwest.


Capturing scenes and sights along the Camino Real from its starting point in Central Mexico to its destination near Taos, New Mexico, Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate includes forty photographs of the Oñate Trail as we see it today, an outline map of the road, and overview text. Panel topics include:

  • Mountains, towns, streams, and men, women, and children in southern Chihuahua
  • Desert lakes, dunes, sunrise, and fog nearing Juarez
  • Pass of the North, Mount Cristo Rey, and Mesilla Valley near El Paso
  • Elephant Butte Reservoir, view of Albuquerque, and San Juan de los Caballeros
  • Río Grande in the Rockies, Santa Fe Fiesta, Church at Acoma, and Inscription at El Morro

This exhibit will be Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site from February to end of April 2015

All ages welcome, an entry fee of $3.00 per person ages 13 and older and children ages 12 and under free.

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