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"Penitentes 'crucifying' one of their own," taken by C.F. Lummis at an unknown New Mexico location in 1888.

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.

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).

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 …
This place we call Taos, home of the Red Willow People and of breathtaking sunsets.

What's in a name?

Approach any person who lives in Taos and ask them why they live here, and you will be likely to receive various responses. Most common among them will be: “My ancestors have always lived …
The Harwood Museum of Art is one of the earliest examples of the Pueblo-Revival style in Taos.

Southwestern fantasy

In August 1915, Vienna-born architect and Chicago resident Rudolf Schindler toured the Southwest, a trip that included stops in Santa Fe and Taos.
Ethel Lund driving a horse and buggy

Pathways to the past

Over a century ago, my ancestors left White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico, with all of their possessions looking to settle in the upper Rincon Valley.
Planting the roots for a love of fishing often comes from being passed down from generation to generation. Pictured is Finn McMullin who fishes the Pueblo del Picuris in 2015.

Hooked on fish

Under a turquoise sky, casting a line into glassy, sparkling water is a serene start to a day before the rod bends and dances during a welcomed battle to land a catch. Traffic noise is miles away. …
"Threshing with sheep," Picuris Pueblo Valley, circa 1950-1945.
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Early sheepherding in Taos

On any given day, driving around Taos and its environs, spotting a few sheep grazing in a random fenced backyard is not unusual. The off-white, rotund, coarsely curled critters almost look more like pets than agricultural property.
Group portrait of New Mexico POWs at Zentsuji Camp at Shikoku, Osaka, Japan. Left to right: Capt. Claude W. Stump (Deming), joined the New Mexico national Guard (111th Cavalry) in 1921; 2nd Lt. Clinton C. Seymour (Gallup), was transferred to the 26th Cavalry as a platoon commander; Capt. George W. Henfling (Albuquerque), died in 1969 at 56 years; Capt. Dow G. Bond (Taos), was recommended for the Silver Star while holding the enemy at bay at Balanga while Army engineers blew up a bridge during the retreat into Bataan; Capt. Jack K. Boyer (Taos), was appointed to the State Park and Recreation Commission by Gov. David Cargo in 1968; and 1st Lt. Jack W. Bradley (Albuquerque), was a founding father of West Valley College, Saratoga, California, in 1964. Bradley, who died in 2005, wrote the text of the “History” columns at Bataan Memorial Park in Angel Fire.
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The 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March

While much has been written about the World War II campaign of Bataan and the defense of the Philippines, let it not ever be forgotten that many Taoseños helped hold the line.

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