The Saloon with it's new wood, and a Magdalena freight wagon to boot! Rex Harris & Family are responsible for the wagon; Darrell and a crew took care of sprucin' it up.
At the top of each page we enjoy sharing western art, from the old masters like Russell and Remington, to contemporary painters from across the West. This summer/fall we're featuring the work of New Mexican Peter Hurd.
From the Hurd/La Rinconada Gallery website
Peter Hurd left his birthplace of Roswell, New Mexico in 1921 after
receiving a senatorial appointment to West Point. He left the academy
after only two years to pursue a career not as a soldier but an artist.
Peter sought out N.C. Wyeth in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and studied
as his private pupil. Undaunted by Wyeth’s warning that studying under
him would be much tougher than attending West Point, Peter accepted the
challenge and studied alongside Wyeth and his children for ten years. All the
Wyeths were quite taken by this handsome, energetic young man in cowboy boots
and hat, but none so much as Wyeth’s eldest daughter, Henriette, who married
Peter Hurd in 1929.
After a decade on the east coast, Peter began to long
for his independence and a return to the West. These desires
ultimately lead the couple, along with their growing family,
to San Patricio, New Mexico where they would spend the rest of their lives.
The landscape of New Mexico inspired Peter and it was here that he developed
his true artistic style. Peter would become celebrated for egg temperas,
watercolors and lithographs depicting the New Mexico way of life in the form
of landscape and portraits. He delighted in creating a moment he knew
would be soon to change.
This rush against time not only challenged Peter, but also led to his
creation of field sketches.
These sketches were done quickly with watercolor or pen and wash.
It was often from his field sketches that Peter created his detailed temperas
and watercolors. Despite his growing popularity as a regional artist,
Peter’s adventurous spirit would take him all over the world.
His first major excursion took place in the mid 1940’s,
when Peter left home to serve as an illustrative war correspondent
for LIFE Magazine. The resulting wartime works varied from
field sketches to fully developed egg temperas and watercolors.
Many of these war sketches now hang in the Pentagon.
The only building left standing here now is Evett's, on the right.
All of what you see to the left - the Becker-MacTavish Co. store, followed by
the drugstore, the Silver Bell Saloon, the Hotel Aragon, etc. are all gone, as many
old western towns' buildings and storefronts are across the West - gone with the
wind and the tumbleweeds, and, some folks will tell ya' - the insurance money,
when they got burned down as towns in the West fell on rough times.
It happend here. A darn shame all-around.
But, as an old cowboy philospher says, "History really isn't about places or things -
it's about PEOPLE,
and what they did while they lived somewhere." And Magdalena's got lotsa that kind'a history!
Short segments (2-5 minute) of the PBS television documentary "WAY OUT THERE" -
an award-winning program about Magdalena and this general part of New Mexico
first broadcast in '85 by KNME, Albuquerque, are now on the site,
scattered through the various pages.
The first one - titled "Early Magdalena" - is below.
It's a brief overview of the geologic, historical, and legendary background
of west-central New Mexico, and "Cow Town Magdalena" in particular.
"Smoke of a 45"
.From No Life for a Ladyby Agnes Morley Cleaveland
Published in 1941 .
"There is a legend that Lady Magdalena Mountain was a sanctuary
respected by the Indians, where fugitives, whether deservedly or not,
found refuge from pursuing enemies.
The legend did not hold after the paleface came
shooting his way into the land. Many a pursued man
fell before his nemesis in the streets of Magdalena."
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