Arthur Scott

Arthur Scott

Sunday, 10 August 2014 17:33

A Forgotten Highway In New Mexico

A Forgotten Highway in New Mexico

 

State Road 22, the Scenic Highway from Las Vegas, New Mexico to Santa Fe, New Mexico and the beginning of tourism as a New Mexico industry

1903-1925

By

Michael D. Lord and Arthur Seligman Scott

 

 

The arrival of the railroad into the New Mexico territory in 1879 created major changes, most notably in commerce.  Since 1821, the most significant trade route between New Mexico and the United States had been the Santa Fe Trail, and the town of Santa Fe had been the main beneficiary.  Since the railroad did not pass directly through Santa Fe, Las Vegas had become a major railroad terminus and grown wealthy, while Santa Fe’s fortunes declined.  By the end of the 19th century, the idea of tourism as a source of revenue and new immigrants was beginning to take hold.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 13:22

Old Barracks 1915

U. S Forest Service Photo. Taken by A. J. Connell in 19915. Captioned "Former Forest Supervisor's office. Just about to be torn down to provide room for the catheedral of the desert" (Art Museum of New Mexico)

Seligman Brothers--Pioneer Jewish entrepreneurs of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Territory 

by

Arthur (Seligman) Scott

 

 

Please see my article describing the lives of the three original Seligman Brothers, German Jewish immigrants to Santa Fe. Sigmund immigrated  to Santa Fe in 1849 and entered a wholesale-retail mercantile business a year before New Mexico even became a U. S. Territory and while it was still under US Military rule. The business consisted of buying goods in the east and sending them to Santa Fe by wagon to be sold in Santa Fe. The Seligman Brothers store lasted well over a hundred years on the Santa Fe Plaza.

 

The article is posted on the website of The New Mexico State Historian,  reached by  the following link:  http://www.newmexicohistory.org/people/seligman-brothers-pioneer-jewish-entrepreneurs-of-santa-fe-and-the-new-mexi

My Grandfather's Birthplace on the Santa Fe Plaza

by

Arthur Scott

   I  recently discovered that my grandfather, Arthur Seligman, was born in 1881 on the Plaza in Santa Fe. According to Ralph Emerson Twitchell's "Old Santa Fe," published in 1925, Arthur  was born to Bernard and Frances Seligman  in the residence in the rear of the Siligman-Cllever (Seligman Brothers) store. Later this location was advertised as "The end of the Santa Fe Trail" As an infant Arthur made three trips with his mother over the trail. The view in the 1855 photograph is looking at the corner of present day San Francisco and Old Santa Fe Trail. This street has carried the names of "Santa Fe Trail, Seligman Street, Shelby Street, and Old Santa Fe Trail."

   The store is shown above on the right  in what William Stone (New Mexico Them and Nowe) calls  the oldest photo found of Santa Fe. He also noted that Sigmund Seligman, my great uncle, was the first photographer in New Mexico. Before entering the mercantile  business in 1852, he ran a daguerreotype portrait studio for a short time in Santa Fe. To the left is the Exchange Hotel, the only lodgings in Santa Fe at the time of the photo..

A  Review

by

Arthur Scott

 

The Replacement Child

by

Christine Barber

 

   I found this novel, published in 2008,  to be an extremely entertaining novel. It is basically a murder mystery that takes place in Santa Fe and Toas. The book is a "who- done-it" to the end and the novel was a winner of the Tony Hillerman prize.

   The author has the credentials and eye to capture the nuance of the Angelo and Hispanic culture of northern New Mexico. In 2008 she was living in Albuquerque perusing a career in medicine.. She also had been an editor at TheSanta Fe New Mexican and a journalist for the Albuquerque Journal and the Gallup Independent.

 Rio Santa Fe y Canon de Santa Fe—Santa Fe’s Life Blood

And My Personal Misadventures in the River

By

Arthur Scott

    In 1610 the Spanish colonists (Peralta) that choose the location most likely did so by first and foremost considering the availability of an assumed perennial water supply. Other considerations such as flat arable land (river flood plain) and defensive position against raiding Indians would be secondary.  . Upper Santa Fe Canyon would have provided other resources such as timber, fish, and game. For over four hundred years the water supply of the Rio Santa Fe has met most of the city’s needs. Twice battles for Santa Fe were decided by the river. In 1680 the Pueblo Indians drove the hated Spaniards from the capitol by simply diverting the acequia being fed by the Rio, the city’s single water supply. Thirteen years later De Vargas used the same tactic to conquer the Indians remaining in Santa Fe.

   After the ceding of New Mexico to the United States from Mexico in 1846 and the opening of the Santa Fe Trail for immigration and commerce, the need for potable water increased and as with most water supplies, a competing need for agricultural use.  Santa Fe canyon also served the townspeople as a recreation area and as a homesteading location.

                                                         Drawing of one of the popular spots in Santa Fe Canyon, from “New Mexico Illustrated” by,

Territorial Bureau of Immigration, 1893.

   All of the following photographs, illustrating the early 1900’s Santa Fe Canyon were taken from Frost, Max and Walter, Paul A. F., 1906, The Land Of Sunshine, New Mexico Bureau Of Immigration  The Land of Sunshine by the Territorial Bureau of Immigration which was published in 1906 to be distributed at the Louisiana Purchase exposition in Saint Louis in 1906. The publication was designed to lure eastern state immigrants to New Mexico by documenting mining and agricultural opportunities and to dispel the notion that the Territory is a desolate, dry desert by using many photos of streams, reservoirs, dams, and artisan wells.

 

Pre 1903 Santa Fe canyon homestead (author’s assumption) from Territorial Bureau of Immigration  publication. Later editions identify photo on right as “Perry Ranch near Santa Fe.”

Friday, 28 March 2014 18:02

Me and Jerry Jeff

 Me And Jerry Jeff

by

Arthur Scott

 

   Way back in the olden days,  early 70's, I was really into the folk revival and the "outlaw" country trends in music. Some of the folks I really  enjoyed at the time were Kris Kristofferson  (still a favorite for his poetic lyrics) , among the "outlaws" (those whom fled the Nashville record corporations  for the recording freedom of Austin, Texas; were Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, B. W. Stephenson, Ray Wiley Hubbard along with several others. A sort of cult favorite was Jerry Jeff Walker (actually from New York but adopted Texas as home as well as the name "Jerry Jeff Walker") and the Lost Gonzo Band.  He was a successful song writer and had written  "Mr. Bojangles" which was covered by many artists over the years.

    Santa Fe was  not then noted as a concert town. I do remember taking a date  in high school to a

Friday, 10 January 2014 20:01

New Mexico Motor Patrol

The New Mexico Motor Patrol

by

Arthur Scott

 

 

  The New Mexico Motor Patrol, from 1933 to 1935, was the predecessor of the New Mexico State Police which was authorized in 1935.  From 1921 to 1933 New Mexico did not have any statewide law enforcement agency.  The 1933 legislature and governor created the Motor Patrol to serve this purpose.

   The June 3, 1933 New Mexican states in part:

 

"231 SEEKING PATROL JOBS

 

    The motor patrol has 231 aspirants who have filled out and returned the original questionnaires sent out by the board.

   Of these, however, a number are too short, some too heavy, others suffering from maladies which prevent their acceptance. and of the231, there probably will not be more than a third eligible for the next examination, board members said.

Dates will be fixed and places assigned and the applicants meeting other requirements will assemble for a "30-minute test" which is in the form of question and answer and contains several problems each to indicate the man's worth in his endeavor."

  

   The resulting force were the ten men shown above with my grandfather, Governor Arthur Seligman taken on the August 5, 1933 inauguration of the New Mexico Motor Patrol. This state photo was taken just about six weeks before he died suddenly on September 25, 1933.

   The Motor Patrol continued to do their job until 1935 when the New Mexico State Police were created by the state legislature. Examples of their work are described in the following article published in the August 10, 1933 New Mexican: Note Patrolman Lacy Shortridge got bucked off in Tijeras Canyon.

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Friday, 03 January 2014 00:24

Santa Fe Sporting Goods 1950

This is what my cousin, George March, did after losing both legs in WWII.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:53

Before Santa Fe Ski Basin 1942

My primo George March. This was before he enlisted in the Army ski troops and then lost both legs in Italy.

He was also stationed in the Alutians and taught mountain climbing at Ft Carson.

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