Although Mabel was a wealthy New York heiress born in 1879, we do share this: We both came to New Mexico with rather cavalier attitudes about it.
Haunted wouldn’t be a term I would use. I don’t think when one loved as much as Mabel did, when one believed in things greater than herself and was committed to creating something beautiful, something better, for those of us coming along behind, those people don’t haunt.
This trio of cultures, Indian, Spanish, Anglo, is what’s left in these small Spanish land grant villages of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In fact the land grant families are still here, many generations later.
On the way back to Truchas from our road trip to Las Vegas we stopped along side the road at the site of an old mill. Today the Salman Raspberry Ranch is famous for its fresh raspberries.
I entered into the old Wild West via the historic town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, settled fully 70 years before that OTHER Las Vegas, a child of glitz and glitter. This Las Vegas is real. It is old.
When Los Alamos was a Ranch School… “The school was the culmination of Pond’s life-long dream of a school where a healthful, rugged, outdoor-oriented education would prepare city-bred boys for college and for life.”
There is perhaps no state more closely identified with the art of its native people than New Mexico. Santa Fe and Taos are familiar arts destinations to most travelers but Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, also has a long and rich cultural history.