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Sunday, 10 August 2014 17:33

A Forgotten Highway In New Mexico

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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



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

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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 


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:

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