Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Saturday, 23 June 2012 12:35

New Mexico Genealogical Society


Friday, 22 June 2012 17:11

The Palace Hotel - Santa Fe Style

As Santa Fe sought to change her architecture to Pueblo and Territorial style, the Palace Hotel began renovation to comply.  This drawing represents the finished product.  Unfortunately, one night in 1922, the hotel burned to the ground.  It was suspected but never proved that the fire was intentionally set.  The Palace was one of the earliest victims of Santa Fe Style.

Photo - MNM Negative # 61428

--Mike Lord

The Palace Hotel hosted many Santa Fe themed events for the entertainment of its guests.  This mock battle between cowboys and Indians was staged during Fiesta in the early 1920s.

Photo from The State Archives

E. Boyd Collection

--Mike Lord

Friday, 22 June 2012 16:49

The Palace Hotel

Built in 1880, The Palace Hotel was Santa Fe's premier hotel until its demise in 1926.  It was located on the NE corner of Washington and Marcy and was a landmark during New Mexico's journey from Territory to Statehood.

Photograph by D. B. Chase

1895 - 1905

--Mike Lord

Thursday, 21 June 2012 02:32

1963 Selective Service Registration

I was looking for something else and I found my draft card.  Remember?

Friday, 01 June 2012 17:47

The Pond and Rio Chiquito

In 1846, Lieutenants William H. Emory and Jeremy F. Gilmer, attached to Kearney's Army of the West, made this map of Santa Fe.  It shows a spring-fed pond behind La Parroquia (later to become Archbishop Lamy's garden) and the drainage into the Rio Chiquito, which became Water Street.

In 1859, nineteen year old Santa Fean John Watts wrote the following in his diary:

Sunday, May 22.  "We arose at 5. O'clock - I took a walk by myself but Howe, Sallie, and Willie Rencher went to the fish pond and took a skiff ride - the ladies did not walk with them."

Wednesday, May 25.  "To day has been rather warm, but still pleasant.  Howe and I went over to see the ladies this evening and intended to go with them down to the fish pond and row them over the pond but it was to windy.  However we went down but could not get the oars and therefore had no ride - Willie was with us."

The pond was a source of water, bathing and entertainment - and it was right off of the Plaza.

--Mike Lord

In 1896, Col. Henry Inman published this book detailing his experiences on the Santa Fe Trail.  It is a comprehensive history of the Trail from the 1840s through the 1890s, when the coming of the railroad ended its usefulness.  The best single book about the Trail that I've read.  You can find it here:


Monday, 28 May 2012 17:42

Lt. DeForest Lord, Jr. - 1944

My dad, Lt. DeForest Lord Jr., US Navy, 1944. He died in 1975 from a brain tumor, most likely caused by radiation exposure he received while working as a contract dentist in Los Alamos.

In May, 1946, there was an accident involving a sphere of plutonium encased by two hollow half spheres of beryllium.  The lead scientist, Louis Slotin, was using a screwdriver to gradually bring together the two halves of beryllium and measure the radiation increase.  The test was called “tickling the dragon’s tail” because it was so dangerous and was being observed by 7 others in the room.  The screwdriver slipped and the pieces made full contact.   A blue light filled the room and Slotin felt a wave of heat over his body.  He manually separated the spheres and the reaction stopped.  My father later told me that he was called in to remove fillings, crowns and all metal work from the teeth of the participants so that doctors and scientists could determine how much radiation they had received and because, as my mom told me, "they were so hot."  Slotin died 9 days after the incident.  The plutonium core had also been involved in a previous accident in August, 1945, that killed scientist Harry Daglian.  It became known as the Demon Core.

Dad was a delayed casualty of WWII and I miss him still.  Thanks for your service.

--Mike Lord

Louis Slotin arms Gadget 7 16 45

Once the Gadget was in place at the top of the 100-foot steel tower, Dr. Louis Slotin did the final arming to prepare it for the test scheduled for very early morning on July 16, 1945.

Saturday, 26 May 2012 15:49

Santa Fe - 1873

Photo taken by Timothy O'Sullivan in 1873.  Visible is the old hospital, La Parroquia (with the Cathedral under construction), Sena Plaza, Barrio Analco, the Plaza (with Civil War monument) and the Delgado house.

Photo by Timothy O'Sullivan


Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy began construction of the Cathedral around La Parroquia in 1869.  This detail, from a photo by Timothy O'Sullivan in 1873, shows the walls rising at the front and side of the old parish church.  The oldest photo of Cathedral construction I've seen thus far.

Photo by Timothy O'Sullivan


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