Frances Cohn-Miller, La Reina of 1963.
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Photo Gallery: ¡Que vivan Las Fiestas!

Every year since 1927, for two days over the third weekend of July, Fiestas de Taos transforms Historic Taos Plaza from a tourist-heavy destination to a place of memory, return to roots and re-energizing for Taoseños. It’s a time for locals to take a respite from work and celebrate the holy days.
The Black Cross photographed by John Collier in Jan. 1943.

Black is white, white is black

Across the centuries, the world has constantly been inundated by reports of secret religious cults, bloods rites and outlawed organizations.
El Prado families anticipate using the El Prado Community Center for special events and community services once it is renovated. Pictured are some of the future users members of the El Prado Community Center board from left: Marianna Trujillo; Co-President and Secretary Antonia Cardenas; member Marie Martinez de Trujillo; Elaina Cisneros; Mila Cisneros; Roman Cisneros; Treasurer Raymond Cisneros and Vice President Menard Martinez Jr. kneeling with his dog, Josie ‘the bean.’
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El Prado Community Center: a sense of place and history amidst change

In the small, rural community of El Prado during the era of the Great Depression, parents recognized the need for an elementary school. They donated land, building materials, time and labor toward the project.
San Pascual is the patron saint of cooks and found in many Northern New Mexico kitchens.
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Sabroseanse (lick your chops)

Indian and Hispanic farmers who migrated into north-central New Mexico long ago obtained their nutrition from foods prepared in many special and unique ways.
Horseback riding and horse-drawn buggies were the mode of transportation in Taos at the time Ethel Lund graduated from high school in the early 1900s. As a student, she often rode a pony to school. Later in life, she graduated to the horse and buggy.
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Pioneer girl of Class 1909

Six young ladies, with hair perfectly coifed in the up-dos of their time, posed proudly side by side to commemorate the occasion of their graduation.
"Penitentes 'crucifying' one of their own," taken by C.F. Lummis at an unknown New Mexico location in 1888.
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Fighting morada suppression

The period in the mid-1800s was a turbulent time in the history of New Mexico. U.S. President James K. Polk waged war with Mexico in 1846 in an effort to secure sea to shining sea domination of the …
The Hog Farm in Llano started on a California farm where the group lived rent-free in exchange for taking care of 50 hogs, including one that the Yippies, a counterculture political party, later nominated for president. The group bought 7 acres and set up a commune in Llano too, as leader Wavy Gravy said, 'get jiggy with the rainbows.' At one time there were 50 people living there.

¿Paradise found?

For a high, fleeting time beginning around 1967 and lasting until the early 1970s, dozens of hippie communes dotted the sagebrush mesas and river valleys of Northern New Mexico. Almost all of them …
A Chamisal Spanish-American subsistence farmer supplies his family with fresh pork.
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Bread basket of El Norte

In this modern age, it is somewhat romantic to aspire to subsist and feed ourselves as we once did in New Mexico. Subsistence farming, as a way of life and survival, was present in New Mexico for a …
"Before 522, there was State Road 3. The former highway still bears that name but shows its age on a handful of extant roadsigns — 'Old State Road 3,' some to the south end and some on the north, the switch somewhere on the north side of the Hondo Valley."

Taking a day on Old State Road 3  

This isn’t my only observation from working at a newspaper, but this I do know: the great thing about it is hearing people’s stories and many times, in the best of cases, being changed by …
Photographer Anacleto G. Apodaca's "Girl fruit peddler in roadside stand, New  Mexico," (1949).
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Roadside attractions

Back in the day before interstates and freeways, most highways were slow two-laners, and air-conditioning as standard equipment in cars was still a few decades off. In summertime, fruit stands were …
'Bucking the barrel,' cowboy sports at San Gabriel Ranch.

On the road to Taos

“They do as they please, they say what they think, and nobody cares, for everyone is busy doing likewise.” — Mabel Dodge Luhan in “Ladies of the Canyon: A League of …

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