OF HISTORIC SITES IN THE SANTA FE AREA.
In addition to the "living museum" aspect of the city, many specific sites have
been preserved and created to honor local history.
LAMY'S GARDEN by Marc Simmons.
When the Catholic Church created the Diocese
of Santa Fe in 1853, the pious Frenchman John B. Lamy became New Mexico's first
bishop. In 1875 he was made archbishop.
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OF OLD FORT MARCY by Marc
Simmons. I had lunch not long ago with Keith
Lummis, the 90-something-year-old youngest son of celebrated Southwestern author
Charles F. Lummis. He and his wife were visiting Santa Fe from their home in San
the course of the meal I asked Keith whether he'd ever been up to Marcy Hill and
the old fort ruins that provide one of the best overlooks of the entire city.
A TRAGEDY AT
THE PALACE by Marc Simmons. The date Sept. 6, 1844, was one that Santa Fe
residents would long remember. On that day a bloody battle with the Ute Indians
occurred on the Plaza, and New Mexico's Gov. Mariano Martinez narrowly escaped
assassination. READ MORE .
FE STREET NAMES by Marc Simmons. A
world of history can hide in the names of city streets. That's certainly the case
with Santa Fe. But many residents use the street names daily with never a thought
as to their origins. REST
FE HOTELS IN HISTORY by Marc Simmons. The history of public lodging in Santa
Fe is a subject that has not received much attention. I can find practically no
reference to roadhouses and hotels existing anywhere in New Mexico during the
colonial period. Such places, of course, were common in Mother Spain. One has
only to read "Don Quixote" to find vivid descriptions of rural inns and urban
hotels. REST OF STORY.
OF SANTA FE by Marc Simmons. Santa Fe rates as one of the most historic cities
in the entire United States. It often is touted, and rightly so, as the oldest
capital in the nation. In spite of its large historical significance, however,
the beginnings of Santa Fe are poorly known. That is because certain key documents
relating to the founding have yet to be discovered in the Spanish archives. REST