Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 23:58

Exchange Hotel Demolition, 1919

From the Santa Fe New Mexican, May 9, 1919

The fighting tank from France which helped boost the Victory Loan over the top in Santa Fe and which has been shipped back east, created a sensation when it easily walked through the ancient but massive adobe ruins of the old "Fonda" or Exchange Hotel of the early days.  The tank also did a spectacular stunt in climbing the heights of old Fort Marcy.

"Mud Puppy," caterpillar, battle-scarred warrior from the fight, has left Santa Fe after crushing his last wall, downing his last tree, and leaping over his final ditch in the final drive for the last of the Liberty loans.

"Mud Puppy" and his crew, headed by Sergeant Weaver, left yesterday for the east, after receiving a warm welcome from the citizens of Santa Fe.  The little tank's tour during the past three weeks through Kansas, Colorado, and Northern New Mexico was one long demolition.  The tank first aroused curiosity, then amazement and finally enthusiasm - enthusiasm for the Victory loan.

Captain St. James of Telluride, Colorado, and Captain Parker, the one armed hero of the Argonne, accompainied the tank as orators.  Sergeant Weaver and Privates Mackenzie and Hamilton were the tank's crew of three who had charge of "every little movement" of this 7 ton "caterpillar," with its marvelous hill-climbing and handicap-overcoming machinery.  MacKenzie or Hamilton sat day after day in the driving compartment directing the curious craft over embankments, through old houses and against trees.  Sergeant Weaver managed the tour which was made on a special train composed of a flat car, a Pullman, and a chair car.  This train, known as the "Victory Loan Special," was met in Trinidad, Colorado last Saturday by a delegation from Santa Fe representing the ten northern counties of New Mexico in the loan drive.  The delegation was headed by Governor Larrazola and District Judge Holloman.

"Mud Puppy," camouflaged in yellow, blue, and purple, its curious coat unchanged except by the wear and tear of the elements since it advanced against the terrified Hun in the Argonne, everywhere was a drawing card.  Thousands saw the little steel jacketed fellow climb and whirl about in Las Vegas, in Raton, as well as in Santa Fe.  There were hundreds also in Wagon Mound to greet the tank.

Just as "Mud Puppy" figured prominently in the drive in the Argonne woods to vanquish the Huns, so the little fighter has also done good work in another drive, the drive for billions to float the last loan to bring the American fighters home again.

"Mud Puppy's" work is done, and mounted on a flat car the tank is now speeding to the east to receive the thanks of Washington's officials.

Photo from the Adella Collier collection

Photographer unknown

Before Statehood was finally achieved in 1912, the Territory maintained an active Bureau of Immigration whose purpose was to entice United States citizens to emigrate and thus convince Congress that New Mexico could govern herself.  The Bureau was located in Albuquerque and, in 1909, issued this flyer extolling the opportunities available in New Mexico.

Attached is an excerpt from a draft National Register nomination on La Bajada by David Kammer (2002.)  It is one of the best histories of the road I've seen.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:30

San Marcos Pueblo

The Galisteo Basin, just east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to thousands of years of human occupation and was the site of significant ‘cultural contact’ between native Pueblo Indians and Spanish colonizers. San Marcos Pueblo was one of the largest Pueblos in the Southwest (approximately 2,000 rooms) in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the early 17th century, Spanish Jesuits began construction of a mission inside the Pueblo. The mission began in several converted pueblo rooms, but eventually grew into a large two story adobe church and 18-room convento, complete with priests’ quarters, offices, reception area, and kitchen. The mission lasted for approximately 70 years, until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 resulted in the priest’s deaths and the abandonment of the mission. Unlike other Southwestern missions, however, San Marcos was never re-occupied by the Spanish and remains an important ‘time capsule’ for archaeological research

Dave Thomas

In 1996, an extensive aerial mapping was done of the pueblo.  The attached file has a wealth of drawings, surveys and maps of the site, which is 15 miles southeast of Santa Fe on NM 14.

Map of the Galisteo Basin Pueblos

Map from "Ancestral Pueblo Warfare and Migration
in the Galisteo Basin, New Mexico:
Report of the Tano Origins Project,
2005 Season"

James E. Snead
Dept. Of Sociology and Anthropology
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
8 June 2006

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:58

Acequia Madre 6th Grade Class - 1956

My 6th grade class.  I'm the short little peefee in the back row, 5th from the left.  Glenn Schwendeman was the best teacher I ever had, in spite of there being 43 kids in this class.

Monday, 23 April 2012 20:46

The Exchange Hotel

The earliest mention of the Exchange Hotel was by William Becknell, the first American trader to travel what became the Santa Fe Trail, when he arrived in Santa Fe in 1821.  Prior to that, records indicate that there was an inn (fonda) at the location.  During the 19th century, the hotel was known by several names until it was razed in 1919 and rebuilt as today's La Fonda. The Exchange was the hub of social interaction (at least among men) during the last half of the 19th century, boasting a saloon and a billiard parlor that was always active. 

The caption for this photo reads "It is the oldest hotel in the west, and was the hotel at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Overhead wires for power or communications can be seen attached to the adobe hotel. A covered portal supported by square posts is visible on the left. A workman stands on a ladder at left under the porch roof near a sign reading "Lemp, St. Louis". A dog lies on the ground at the foot of the ladder. The area in the foreground is composed of dirt.  Other legible signs include: ..."Star Tobacco", "Exchange Hotel", "Coca-Cola [...] fountain."

Photo by Reverend George Cole

Ca. 1895-1905

Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:38

Four Generations of Santa Fé Gringos

Mike Lord, Grace Davis, Anders Lettie and Rachel Lord.

Photo by Kathy Lord

April 21, 2012

Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:35

Three Santa Fé Treasures

Connie Hernandez, Grace Davis and Adelina Ortiz de Hill.  Inspirations for Voces de Santa Fé.

Photo by Mike Lord

April 21, 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:12

St. Francis Basilica Tetragrammaton

There are a lot of stories floating around about this inscription over the main door of the Cathedral. The following from a blog by David B. Williams covers what I have heard:

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:24

When Santa Fe Made Its Own Beer


 The Santa Fe Reporter , August 6, 1986

Open Door

Charles A. Hannaford and Mike Taylor

When Santa Fe Made Its Own Beer

By 1873 there was an all-time high of 4,131 commercial beer breweries in the United States and almost every town of any consequence had its own brewery and its own beer.  And Santa Fe – even though it was just the capital of a frontier Territory and not even part of a state - was no exception.

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