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Life in Santa Fe Around 1910

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Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, negative number 42667, Band concert under portal, 1915? Photo by Jesse Nusbaum Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, negative number 42667, Band concert under portal, 1915? Photo by Jesse Nusbaum


Life in Santa Fe Around 1910


   For a glimpse into life in Santa Fe in 1910-12 and a few of prime citizen concerns, I copied the following two excerpts from the “First Annual Report of the Mayor of Santa Fe, April 1st, 1910 to March 31st, 1911” by Arthur Seligman, Mayor. The first is from recommendations to the city made by the Mayor.  


Saloons and Public Dance Halls.



  “I respectfully wish to call your attention to the subject of saloons and public dance halls. I am satisfied after making a personal investigation that there should be new legislation by the Council which will result in better regulation of this form of public place.

   Regarding saloons I would recommend that all back doors be ordered closed. That inside sanitary needs be compulsory; that they be closed at midnight and that proprietors who allow a man who is too intoxicated to stand in his place shall provide a means of transport to his home if possible, and a heavy fine be placed if anyone is found in the back yard, lobby, or in front of his said saloon in this condition.

   Regarding public dance halls would recommend that every owner or proprietor be compelled to take out a license thus making such owner or proprietor responsible for the proper conduct of dances held in the hall. Owing to inadequate police facilities it has been impossible to properly supervise public dances, and an ordinance is needed which prohibits the sale liquor in rooms adjoining a dance hall or being used on the premises.”   


And from the Sewer Committee report by Roman L. Baca:


   “There are several territorial buildings located at this place,  including he Capitol and the Executive Mansion, which discharge their sewerage into the Santa Fe river, which is not only contrary to the law but endangers the health of the entire community. There are available, so we are informed, 510,000.00 for the maintenance of these structures, which should be used in installing a modern sewer system for these structures, and which system should be part of the sewer system described above. By the use of convict labor and material produced at the Penitentiary, the expenditure of $10,000.00 would be ample to give Capitol Hill modern sewer, and place the Territorial government in line with modern progress. The fact that these buildings discharge their sewerage into the Santa Fe river is nothing short of a scandal, and a reflection upon our civilization, and if it were to become widely known would reflect seriously upon the Territory as well as municipal government.”

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  • Comment Link Allan MacGillivray III Tuesday, 31 July 2012 00:49 posted by Allan MacGillivray III

    Excellent reality check of Santa Fe centro during territorial days when personal/public hygiene became a major issue to the health of the community.

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