Arthur Scott

Arthur Scott

The Santa Fe That Was and the Santa Fe That Is


Arthur Scott


   In order to put this into  context, I have to write a bit about my family ties to Santa Fe. I was born, a third-generation Santa Fean on my father’s side, at St. Vincent’s Hospital located on East Palace Avenue in 1938. My Father, Otis Seligman, was born there in 1898, and my grandfather, Arthur Seligman, was also born in Santa Fe in 1871. My grandfather grew up to become Mayor of Santa Fe from 1910-1912. He became Governor of New Mexico in 1930 and died in office in 1933. My great-grandfather, Bernard, was a Jewish immigrant from Germany who along with two brothers established a mercantile business around 1850 importing goods from the east over the Santa Fe Trail for sale in Santa Fe.

   When I was a child the Plaza was the center of the commercial life of Santa Fe. Located on the Plaza or nearby were grocery stores, clothing stores, the town’s only bank, J. C. Penny, two pharmacies, shoe stores, three movie

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:15

De Vargas pageant ca 1911





The history of the De Vargas pageant in Santa Fe and the Seligman influence


Arthur Scott



   The pageant which portrays the entry of de Vargas to Santa Fe in 1692 actually began in 1911, as New Mexico was preparing for statehood; and contrary to what many now believe.  In the beginning, it had nothing to do with the Santa Fe Fiestas. The pageants were first held in conjunction with the town’s Fourth of July festivities. The pageant was intended to emulate the popular pageants being held in eastern cities and Europe at the time.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 23:25

Embudo--the rest of the story

The tiny village of Embudo about fifty miles north of Santa Fe was a location of a station on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Few know the true place Embudo has in the development and settlement of the arid west during the eighteen eighties. Embudo became known as the "Birthplace Of Systematic Stream Gaging." The attached is a synopsis of this and the demis of "The Chile Line."  Download and readd the article below.

Friday, 10 February 2012 15:40

NM Blue Book 1933-1934

Even in 1934 travel in New Mexico was somewhat precarious and possibly muddy.


    From New Mexico Blue Book 1933-1934, State Official Register, Issued by Mrs. Marguerite P. Baca, Secretary Of State.


State Population:


1930   423,317 (29 percent increase since 1910)

1910 (prior to statehood) 327,304



Highways in state:      Mileage


Hard Paved                127

Oiled                         1014

Gravel                       1999

Graded                      1838

Unimproved             5392






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