Felipe Baca, a farmer from Northern New Mexico, settled in the area around Trinidad in 1860, drawn by the good soil and river water for irrigation. In 1873, he purchased this house from John Hough, a Santa Fe Trail entrepreneur who had built the house just three years prior. Hough traded the house to Baca for 22,000 pounds of wool, or $7,000. The Bacas were not only farmers but ranchers, merchants and civic leaders. The Santa Fe Trail’s mountain route passed through Trinidad, which became a thriving trade and cultural center.
The Bloom Mansion is also located in the El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District