Tag archive for New Mexico

La Bajada – once a Route 66 terror

La Bajada – once a Route 66 terror

The very notion of La Bajada Hill struck terror in the early-day travelers of 66. Spots were so steep that cars with gravity-fed tanks would have to go up in reverse, because the fuel couldn’t get to the engine.

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Tin sheet tombstones in a tiny New Mexico cemetery

Tin sheet tombstones in a tiny New Mexico cemetery

Over the years, Horace embellished the graves of family members and other folks from this rural community, using metal and tin, much of it painstakingly punched out with a nail.

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Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Route 66 city limits plays out on video

Although the music doesn’t really work with the imagery, and they “went backwards” from LA to Chicago, this is a fun representation of all (or at least most) of the city limit signs you will encounter all along route 66.     (Thanks to Ron…

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Get your souvenirs on at Skip Maisel’s

Get your souvenirs on at Skip Maisel’s

Skip Maisel’s Indian Jewelry 510 Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM (505) 242-6526 website Built by Morris Maisel in the late 1930’s, on old Route 66, it is now a Route 66 landmark. During its heyday in the late 40s and early 50s, he employed over…

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Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase

Loretto Chapel’s Miraculous Staircase

Loretto Chapel 207 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM (505) 982-0092 website When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded…

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Mamie Deschellie – Navajo "Accidental Artist" 1910-2010

Mamie Deschellie – Navajo "Accidental Artist" 1910-2010

Folk art superstar’ Mamie Deschillie died Friday By Alysa Landry The Daily Times Posted: 11/29/2010 10:39:04 PM MST FARMINGTON — Friends and family members of Mamie Deschillie remember the woman as an internationally appreciated folk artist who put family first. Deschillie, a Fruitland woman known…

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When worlds collide…folk art and fonts

When worlds collide…folk art and fonts

You learn something new everyday.   The International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe has one of the largest cross-cultural collections of  folk art by a single person, Alexander H. Girard, and the Girard Collection.  Not only is the collection massive in every respect, Girard…

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Following the weasels…

Following the weasels…

Randy, Mike, and Don the Camera Guy are back on the road (alas, sadly I can’t tag along this time – and it’s killing me!)  I highly recommend following along with their adventures, as already they have been to visit Tammy Jean Lange (Tammy Tattoo)…

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albuquerque and heading home…tile house and tinkertown!

albuquerque and heading home…tile house and tinkertown!

Tile House—Beverley Magennis Private home Albuquerque, NM Created 1984 through 1995 It started with Beverley Magennis, ceramics professor at the local college, creating a tile mosaic border around the doorway.  For the next 11 years, she covered the house, inside and out with colorful tiles,…

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viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

Casa de Colores—Casimiro “Casey” T. Marquez Home environment (interior and exterior) Las Vegas, NM “I live a happy life.” – Casey Another lucky day!  Magaret walked us over to an amazing site we had never heard of, and right around the corner from the hotel….

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