quote:Originally posted by alice romero
Viola was located about 7 miles west of Trinidad on Hwy. 12. It was the last little community before you would exit the highway to go to Cokedale.
It no longer exists due to the contruction of Trinidad Lake.
Many large families lived there with men who mostly were miners.
The children who lived in Viola had to catch the bus to attend Cokedale which served as the elementary school. After Cokedale the kids had to either go to Sopris, Primero, or Trinidad High.
Businesses in Viola were: The Viola Club (Bar) owned by Alfonso and Elsie Vigil. The Cabana Bar owned by Isacc and Lucy Duran. Nicolli's Gas Station owned by Mike Nicolli (?). Ralph Salas later leased the Viola Club.
Some of the families that lived in Viola were: Romero, Arguello, Montoya, Baca, Garcia, Duran, Cuccia, Gonzales, Vigil, Tapia, and Nicolli.
The school bus driver was Charlie Gomez.