Taos Pueblo

The Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico is the oldest continuously occupied structure on the continent, dating back to A.D. 1000. The Pueblo is made entirely of adobe — earth mixed with water and straw, then either poured into forms or made into sun-dried bricks. The walls are frequently several feet thick.

The North-Side Pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted buildings in the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest multistoried Pueblo structure still existing.

The Pueblo is not a historical artifact or a re-creation, it is an actual town that offers an introduction to Native American life.

Approximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time. Other families owning homes in the North or South buildings live in summer homes near their fields, and in more modern homes outside the old walls but still within Pueblo land. There are over 1900 Taos Indians living on Taos Pueblo lands.

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