Monday, 16 April 2012 17:20

Fischer Brewery's Terrace on East Palace Avenue

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For years I've been looking for a photograph of the Fischer Brewery and have just discovered two.  This photo is of the entertainment side, with the bowling alley, salon and outdoor porch.  The brewing was done in the 2 story building just visible to the right.  It is credited to Adolph Fischer and, based on the Sanborn 1902 map description 'Dilapidated, being used as a residence' I would estimate the date between 1902 and 1906, when it was demolished to make room for the Renehan's Willows.  It must have been a Santa Fe hotspot, a rural retreat where one could have a beer overlooking the Santa Fe river, listen to live music and bowl in what I believe was Santa Fe's first bowling alley.

Photo by Adolph Fischer


Sunday, 15 April 2012 22:38

Bruns General Hospital

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Times have certainly changed.  Can it be that hospitals once provided you with the means to light your frajo?

Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:47

Sam Montoya in Trinidad, Colorado October 24, 1924

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Many New Mexicans had to leave their home town to make a living in the twenties and thirties.  Here Sam Montoya, 20, poises at his railroad job.

 SPEND ANY TIME IN SANTA FE AND YOU’RE LIKELY TO COME ACROSS THE WORK OF WILLARD CLARK. In fact his images are so ingrained in the culture of the town, his vignettes and scenes seem to be the indigenous graphic style, rather than the work of a single artist. Clark’s influence is seen everywhere in town: The unique woodcuts and etchings that still adorn local menus and advertisements throughout the city feel quintessentially “Santa Fe,” nearly 20 years after his death.




Saturday, 14 April 2012 16:53

E. Palace Avenue in 1944

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This is related to Mike Lord's post whose great-grandparents lived on E. Palace in the early 1900's.  This shows who lived on E. Palace three decades later.  Do you recognize any names?

Saturday, 14 April 2012 00:56

The Tesuque Pueblo Drive-In

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 The Tesuque Drive-In Movie Theater, Tesuque, NM 

It was while at Santa Fe Indian School, Quincy Tahoma, Diné-Navajo (1920-1956) developed his unique painting style. After WWII, he established himself as a full-time artist and painted a wide variety of subject matter but was perhaps best known for his dynamic action filled paintings. His signature included a vignette, which depicted what happened after the action in the painting.

Friday, 13 April 2012 21:25

Shared Memories of Genoveva Chavez

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Today, some think of Genoveva Chavez as a state-of-art recreation center.  But to many others, Genoveva Chavez is an adored Santa Fé girl.  For several decades, the Santa Fé Fiesta was not official until Genoveva took the microphone and, with great joy, serenaded the crowd with her heart-felt canciones. ¡Que Viva la Fiesta!

To share your memories, join in, click on an article and make your comments. 


Friday, 13 April 2012 15:48

Automobiles and The Willows

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The automobile arrives in Santa Fe.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican
July 14, 1908:

Attorney A.B. Renehan has joined the ranks of the automobile
enthusiasts by investing in a handsome four-cylinder Ford Model S
roadster. The machine arrived this week from Denver and Mr. Renehan is
now getting next to its intricate workings under the tutelage of Earl
Mayes, a professional chauffeur and local agent for the Ford. Mr.
Renehan will now be able to travel to and from his
beautiful suburban home, "The Willows," much more conveniently.

Here's a 1908 Ford Model S Roadster.  Imagine it chugging up East Palace Avenue.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican
April 18, 1910

While attempting to scale one of the 'peaks' a half mile or more
behind the home of A.B. Renehan, to show off the climbing powers of his
automobile, Frank Owen had a narrow escape from serious if not fatal
injuries yesterday afternoon. His car turned turtle and he saved
himself by a magnificent vault just in the nick of time. With him but
several minutes before Mr. Owen took the leap were Dr. J.M. Diaz, who
is one of the greatest auto enthusiasts in the territory, A.J. Griffin
and J.H. Walker. They made a rapid descent from the car before it
turned turtle and in order to save it if possible from attempting the

Friday, 13 April 2012 00:47

Marietta and Alois Renehan - 1922

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Since I've been talking about my Great-grandmother and step Great-grandfather, I'd like to introduce them to you.

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