If architecture is your thing, Socorro has plenty to keep you interested, all within walking distance of the Plaza. You’ll see buildings dating back to the boom era of the late 1880s—even a few from the early 1800s. You’ll see a variety of building materials: adobe, steel, concrete; traditional wooden vigas and lintels; Emborregado style plastering, giving the building a wooly look (Emborregado means “ensheeped”!). As far as styles, you’ll see Spanish Mission Revival, bungalow, California Mission Revival, simplified Gothic Revival, Spanish Pueblo Revival, Queen Ann, and Eastlake architectural. You’ll get to stroll along our landscaped Historic Plaza and the walkways that radiate from the Plaza. You can rest on the bancos in the Plaza or on benches sporting tiles made by Socorro school children. You can trace the history of Socorro in the tile work on School of Mines Road, peruse photos of past mayors in front of City Hall, photograph the Wheel of History between the Plaza and San Miguel Mission, and check out Veteran’s Park on the way to the Courthouse. Socorro’s Historic Walking Tour is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. You can pick up the brochure and map at the Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center, the Chamber of Commerce, or download a copy from the web.