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Automobiles and The Willows

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1908 Ford Model S Roadster 1908 Ford Model S Roadster

The automobile arrives in Santa Fe.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican
July 14, 1908:

Attorney A.B. Renehan has joined the ranks of the automobile
enthusiasts by investing in a handsome four-cylinder Ford Model S
roadster. The machine arrived this week from Denver and Mr. Renehan is
now getting next to its intricate workings under the tutelage of Earl
Mayes, a professional chauffeur and local agent for the Ford. Mr.
Renehan will now be able to travel to and from his
beautiful suburban home, "The Willows," much more conveniently.

Here's a 1908 Ford Model S Roadster.  Imagine it chugging up East Palace Avenue.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican
April 18, 1910

While attempting to scale one of the 'peaks' a half mile or more
behind the home of A.B. Renehan, to show off the climbing powers of his
automobile, Frank Owen had a narrow escape from serious if not fatal
injuries yesterday afternoon. His car turned turtle and he saved
himself by a magnificent vault just in the nick of time. With him but
several minutes before Mr. Owen took the leap were Dr. J.M. Diaz, who
is one of the greatest auto enthusiasts in the territory, A.J. Griffin
and J.H. Walker. They made a rapid descent from the car before it
turned turtle and in order to save it if possible from attempting the

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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  • Comment Link Allan MacGillivray III Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:45 posted by Allan MacGillivray III

    The hazards of automobile travel in territorial NM..I can just envision those guys bailing out! some where in the neighborhood of Gonzales and Artist Rd. Many people have since "augered" in in that area since..My brother Duncan fell out of our car while traveling down Gonzales.. I told my mother "Duncan had fallen out of the car". she scolded me, then looked at the back seat . No Duncan! we went back and found him. I little scratched but ok.

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