Not much left in Seboyeta
Johnpaul and I drove through Seboyeta on the way to Moquino. It is near Laguna Pueblo, off I-40 west of Albuquerque. I suspect we may have missed some of the highlights of the town because all we saw were two abandoned stone houses, the remains of a tricycle and a band of friendly ranch horses.
Seboyeta, New Mexico is a census designated place in Cibola County. That means it has a name and a dot on the map because people still live there but it no longer has a post office or a town government.
In 2010, census data reported a population of 179 and Seboyeta had a post office from February 5, 1885 to January 7, 1995.
Someone on Twitter asked me if the town of Seboyeta used to be called "Cebolleta". At the time, I said, "No, I don't think so." but it turns out they were right.
The community of Cebolleta was formally established in 1749 when Padre Juan Menchero persuaded several hundred members of the Navajo tribe to settle there. A mission church was built for the purpose of converting the Navajo to Christianity. The effort didn't work and in 1750 the Navajo returned to their own lands.
In 1800, the Spanish government granted a claim for thirty settlers who wished to establish a town at Cebolleta. The settlers moved in but that also didn't go very well because in 1801 the Navajo returned, believing the land to be theirs, and drove the settlers out. The settlers were so scared that they ran all the way to Chihuahua, New Spain. Unfortunately, this act of abandonment did not sit well with the Spanish government and the settlers were then forced, under penalty of death, to return to Cebolleta. As far as Spain was concerned, the settlers had accepted a grant from the king and had no legal right to abandon it.
In 1805, the Navajo returned to attack the settlement at Cebolleta once again and, they probably would've won, but the Laguna Tribe came to the defense of the settlers and in return the town of Cebolleta honored the Laguna claim to certain lands to the south known as Rancho de Paguate.
In 1885, a post office was established for the town but since there were already several settlements known as Cebolleta in the post office directory, the spelling was changed to Seboyeta to avoid confusion.
I've been breaking out all my old-school toys lately, including my Lensbaby 2.0. All the photos in this post that don't look quite right are shot with that lens plus some of them were even shot with an additional wide angle attachment screwed on the end of the Lensbaby which, not only looks funny - like a vacuum hose with a pig nose, but is also incredibly difficult to focus.
Today, in the year of our lord two thousand and twenty, Lensbaby makes a wide array of fancy selective focus lenses that are generally sharp and relatively easy to focus. However, the Lensbaby 2.0 made it's debut at the 2005 WPPI convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was there and I bought one and by-golly I still have it!
Most of the abandoned house pics were shot with the Lensbaby but the horse photos were shot with a regular ol' 300mm telephoto lens.
I am DeAnna Vincent, fine art and portrait photographer in Los Lunas, New Mexico. These are the photos from my everyday adventures.