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Good Faith in a Miraculous Window

IN 1926, IN A CITY christened with the Spanish word for Bethlehem, Ramon Baca y Chavez and his wife, Eulalia Castillo Baca, replaced a pane in a dormer window. It turned their Belén home into a…

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Smoke Screen

A BULL AND AN OWL began meeting at the Knights of Pythias Hall more than 100 years ago. By then, silver strikes and the railroad had turned Socorro into a boomtown, and the fraternal society occupied…

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New Deal Reckoning

IN THE DARKEST DAYS of the Great Depression, new roads, bridges, dams, hiking trails, and rock-solid schoolhouses appeared throughout New Mexico. The national goal was simple: Put people to work…

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109 East Palace

NEAR THE SANTA FE PLAZA, a narrow courtyard between two buildings on Palace Avenue holds ristras, Talavera pottery, and crepe paper flowers. Wander all the way back for a piece of what was once…

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Rail Yard Renaissance

ONE DECEMBER DAY IN 1920, Isadore Freed, a Russian émigré to New York and then Iowa, stepped off an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway train at the Albuquerque depot. Behind him, the Alvarado Hotel…

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In Ruins

Above: Travel to catch a glimpse of this shrine dedicated to religious leader Meher Baba. Photograph by Emily Dossett. RISING FROM THE TOWN of Columbus’s desert floor, among creosote bushes and…

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Christmas Old And New

Above: Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade illuminates the streets of the Nob Hill neighborhood. Photograph by ZUMA Press Inc./Alamy. THE FAMILY CALENDAR HUNG IN THE KITCHEN of our downtown Albuquerque…

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A Love for Valentine Diners

Above: Jerry Ueckert renovated this Valentine diner and dubbed it the Red Top Diner. Photograph by Kate Nelson. After they went into production in 1947, Valentine diners soon dotted the West—some…

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Chloride After the Boom

Visitors to Chloride can see former mining buildings. HAD DON EDMUND NOT TAKEN A WRONG TURN on Labor Day weekend in 1977, the town of Chloride might have fallen faster. Instead, Edmund fell for the…

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