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My Grandfather's Birthplace on the Santa Fe Plaza

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Sanya Fe P[aza, 1855?, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, Negative 10695 Sanya Fe P[aza, 1855?, Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, Negative 10695

My Grandfather's Birthplace on the Santa Fe Plaza

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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..

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