Jean Pendaries (Pan-da-ray) moved from France and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He built and operated the Plaza Hotel until 1875 and then sold the hotel and began buying property at Rociada. He built a saw mill and followed that with the Grist Mill and Homestead. (Both buildings are still standing and can be seen from the road as you near the Guard Building at Pendaries Village.) His daughter married into the Baca family and they later became the patrons of the 5,000 acre ranch, which still carries the Pendaries name.