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A leisurely drive through Socorro's old streets will give the traveler a glimpse of its progression from a quiet colonial town, to wild mining town, to the modern settlement of today. The oldest existing structure in Socorro, the San Miguel Mission, is a cornerstone of the Byway and the foundation of Socorro's history, but buildings dating to the Spanish Colonial period still stand in the area. Don’t miss the Socorro Wheel of History. This bronze sculpture a block north of the plaza tells the whole story: the original Piro Indian pueblos, the Spanish Colonial settlement, the mining boomtown, & the present center of science and technology, neatly tying together over four hundred years of history.