|dc.description.abstract||The Santa Fe Trail region of southeastern Colorado holds a unique
history; the vast plains and concealed canyons reveal the stories of cross
cultures, Hispanic and Anglo-American, both in search of a place to call home
along largely uncharted land. Unfortunately, the trials of drought and dust left the
region vacant and neglected, with abandoned farms and homesteads as the only
remnants of the bygone pioneer lifestyle.
This work considers the last 150 years of vernacular architecture from the
region, looking at fifteen surveyed case studies from the Santa Fe Trail region,
studying the rich history of architecture in the region and revealing how the
selected survey sites contribute to the cultural landscape as a whole. This thesis
will explore the distinct cultures of architecture, and blending of traditions,
thereby considering how the architectural ruins of this lonesome, yet intriguing,
region contribute to our understanding of the cultural landscape.
INDEX WORDS: Southeastern Colorado, Santa Fe Trail, Vernacular
architecture, New Mexican architecture, Homesteading, Survey, Cultural