Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:48

8th Grade Graduates of Loretto Academy Santa Fe NM

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This is our 8 th grade graduation pictures at Loretto Academy on the famous spiral staircase. I wanted to make sure that it was preserved in history. I’ve also posted this on You Know Your Old School Santa Fe. I know it’s a repeat but hate to lose it.


Bottom Left: Yolanda Olivas, Debbie Seligman, Yvonne Lopez, Pam Munn, Christine Lacey, Bobbie Ortiz Y Pino, Ellena Sandoval Margie Baca, Martha Romero ,Judy Surber, Roberta Nolasco, Linda Chavez. 


First spiral: Anna Mae Gonzales, Gracie Gallegos, Yolanda Delgado,Liz Romero, Karen (Bunny)Mcdonald ,.........., Debbie Alleman. 


Top spiral: Paula Mackel, Anita Lockwood, Edith Thayer,Patty Chiffoni, Dolores Maes ?,Carmilla Duran.


Top of choir loft: Kathy Brainerd, Mazie Vigil, Judith Quintana, Connie Tsosie ,Diane Villanueva ,Sharon Jolly. 


Sorry if I misspelled anyone's name. Maybe someone can help me fill in the blanks.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 04:38

Recreational Map of New Mexico - 1946

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In 1946, the New Mexico Tourist Bureau issued this map showing off the recreational, historical, and otherwise interesting places in the Land of Enchantment.  Click on the green link below to download a high-resolution copy that can be examined in detail.

Thanks to Sam Jackson for finding this.

--Mike Lord

Friday, 17 August 2018 17:35

Señor Piñon - Frank Gormley of Santa Fe

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Santa Fe's Frank Gormley was one of the first people to sell piñon nuts on a large scale.  Between 1915 and 1939, 16,000 tons of piñon were legally harvested in the forests of New Mexico.  Most of these were shipped to New York and other major east coast cities, primarily to satisfy the demand of new Italian immigrants who used pine nuts as part of their diet.


Gormley piñon room, 1925



Gormley piñons on the Plaza, 1925

Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:18

Come With Me, Santa Fe - With Tommy Macaione

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In 1961, Ewen Enterprises published a small book featuring Tommaso Macaione highlighting Santa Fe businesses.  It is a delightful look at the Santa Fe of 50+ years ago.  The entire book can be downloaded at the green link below.

My wife and I are relatively new to the area and enjoy exploring the great outdoors and fishing the streams near our home in Rociada.  We would very much enjoy trekking the long forgotten Scenic Road once known as Route 22, but aren't sure how to get to the Las Vegas approach.  Is there a person there that could provide us with this information?  If so, we would very much appreciate it.  Also, are there fishing streams along this route that me be fished without private trespass?


Alan Rude

This small wagon trace was found at the site of the ghost town of Chato, NM, located at the western edge of the Estancia Valley in central New Mexico.  Abandoned in the 1930s, Chato was a farming community that contributed to New Mexico's pinto bean dominence.  The trace was severely damaged and then repaired by a local blacksmith.  He straightened and reshaped the right side, adding a hand made U-shaped piece.    While not elegant, the repair is perfectly functional and illustrates the resourcefulness of the person who created it.

Friday, 15 June 2018 17:14

Santa Fe New Mexican - 1898

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This is a page from the Santa Fe New Mexican in the spring of 1898. Attached is a high-resolution image that can be downloaded, enlarged, and read.  A fascinating look at the news and ads from 120 years ago.

This is a part of our Montoya Family History:

Los Ladrones
Friday; August 9, 1907

Dates and Events of the Era
1861 to 1865: Civil War
1846 to 1848: Mexican American War
Sept 9, 1850: NM Became A Territory
1852 to 1942: Don Jose Mauricio Cipriano Chavez Baca (Chavez—Nina’s Father)
Dates Unknown: Cilvestrita Castillo Chavez (Mama Cilvestra—Chavez’ Wife)
1874 to 1965: Juan de Jesus Montoya y Castillo (Nino): Marish Giddings, Territorial Governor; US Grant President
1880 to 1953 Nina: Lewis Wallace, Territorial Governor; Rutherford B. Hayes, President

One of the family tales we often heard from Nino and Nina, and many of the tios and tias was about when los bandidos went to El Rancho del Carrizal. El Rancho de Carrizal was a huge ranch that was originally part of the largest land grant of New Spain. The land grant was granted by El Rey de Espana The King of Spain with a total of 2.2 million acres. Over the years, the land grant had been divided equally among three brothers: Miguel Antonio Chavez; Jose Miguel Chavez; and Antonio Jose Chavez. Miguel Antonio Chavez was Governor of New Mexico when it was 1829 to 1832 and was under Mexican rule. Antonio Jose Chavez was a Congressman representing New Mexico from 182 to 1828 while NM was under Mexican rule.

Monday, 16 April 2018 01:40

Acequia Systems in New Mexico

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Monday, 16 April 2018 01:12

El Vecino

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