• Tradiciones – Leyendas 2019

Stories from this issue
The orphaned black bear cub rescued by the Snowballs crew from Taos Pueblo who recovered from his burns to become the face of an ad campaign to prevent fire fires.

Finding Smokey

It was a typical spring day in 1950 for a fire tower operator in New Mexico’s Capitan Mountains in Lincoln National Forest near Alamogordo. Then everything changed. He spotted smoke wafting …
From the birth of the United States until the 1800s the fur trade was in the forefront of American industry. Beaver pelts were made into women’s coats, collars and hats made from beaver. Trapper David Meriwether left Kentucky for Northern New Mexico to cash in.

The trials and triumphs of David Meriwether

Struggling with scant provisions through the rugged Taos wilderness, a 19-year-old Kentucky fur trapper and his Black servant wondered if they would ever reach American civilization alive after being freed in 1819 from imprisonment in Santa Fe.

‘Greek George’: a wanted man, a slippery escape

Alleged hired killer of Alfred Bent over land grant concocts disappearing act, double-crosses desperado
Allied Forces land on Attu Island, May 11, 1943    "There was nothing fancy about this meal prepared by sailors in the Holtz Bay on May 19, but the food was hot. Note the ski standing upright in the foreground. Snow can be found year-round on Attu Island." states the original caption.
In this week's paper

Leyendas: The deep breadth of Taos' history

Whether it be an 1865 murder gone unpunished; a young fur trapper captured by Mexican troops, in-prisoned and then banished only to return to New Mexico as a territorial governor; a pair of seemingly out-of-place stone pillars with possible ties to the Knights Templar...
Egg tempera on panel painting of Padre Martínez by Conrad Cooper. Martínez was the spiritual advisor to Los Hermanos Penitentes.
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El Honor de su Patria

Ask an ordinary Catholic around the world to name the first book of the Bible and he’s likely to say, “Genesis; the story of Creation.” Now, ask an ordinary Taoseño to name …
The graves of the "three brujas" as they look today in Kit Carson Memorial Cemetery.
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‘Doomed to an eternity of anonymity’

If only the tombstones at Kit Carson Cemetery could talk, Taos area residents might be able to solve a mystery that has contributed to the collection of local folklore. 
The Taos movie theater on the Plaza saw many movies, cast of regular moviegoers and employees come and go over its lifetime.
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Tales of the Taos Plaza Theatre

Tales of the Taos Plaza Theater is excerpted from “Those Were the Days,” a memoir by Phaedra Greenwood and Jim Levy about life and love in Taos in the 1970s.
Ralph Meyers standing with his horse outside his first shop, the Curio Store, ready to leave on a trip to trade with Plains Indians in 1911.
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‘One of the most eccentric of them all’

The Taos Pueblo Council met to decide what to do with the strange white man who spent so many hours sitting on the bank of the river in their village. What was he doing there? What was he putting on …
"Taking a Break," Taos, circa 1967-1971. The hippies and their free-love and drug-heavy lifestyle was not greeted with open arms.
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¿Paradise lost?

¿Paradise Lost? is an excerpt of an article that first appeared in Hakol, the news magazine of the Taos Jewish Center.
From left, Territorial mountain man and trapper Dick Wootton; entrepreneur, soldier and politician Ceran St. Vrain; and Territorial legislator José Maria Valdez, circa 1865. This image is believed to be the only known photo of St. Vrain, a close associate of Territorial Gov. Charles Bent and frontiersman Kit Carson.
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Black Beard

Northern New Mexico pioneer Ceran St. Vrain was a leader of his time. Those who lived and worked with St. Vrain said he was a kind gentleman, a worthy and intelligent commander — polite but, …

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