ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) – A 19th century Latino settlement in Colorado’s San Luis Valley is being recognized as an important part of the nation’s history.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar designated the Trujillo Homesteads near the Great Sand Dunes as a National Historic Landmark on Tuesday. The landmarks committee recommended the site get the designation in November.

The land was settled in 1865 by the Trujillo family, one of the area’s largest sheep raisers. The land is now owned by The Nature Conservancy.

Salazar’s announcement comes a day before he plans to visit the San Luis Valley to discuss preservation efforts in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are expected to attend the meeting at Adams State College in Alamosa.

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