Spur owner Darrell Pettis and his wife Evelyn with our guest of honor at the Village Library on National Train Day. Darrell presented train engineer Jack Sellars with a "Certificate of Appreciation" on behalf of the Magdalena community for his years of service on the "Maggie."
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.
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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