Twelve years after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas marched into Santa Fe on horseback to reclaim the city.

Thursday morning, a statue of a man who is both honored and reviled was hauled away in the back of a flatbed tow truck.

At the direction of Mayor Alan Webber, a crane removed a statue of de Vargas, which had been part of a growing controversy over historical markers and monuments in Santa Fe.

Video taken at Cathedral Park of the removal of the deVargas statue.

Workers overnight attempted to remove the obelisk from the Santa Fe Plaza but halted the attempt out of concerns of damaging it. Daniel Chacón/The New Mexican


A crew contracted by the state works on the obelisk on the Plaza early Thursday morning.


Former City Councilor Ron Trujillo, who portrayed Don Diego De Vargas in 1994, sets up a descanso where the statue once stood. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

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