Golden Spur owner Darrell Pettis and his wife Evelyn
We've put a page up for Spring/Summer celebrating Ace Reid,
the western cartoon strip creator/artist who amused folks with
for many years, in over 400 newspapers
across the country. We need more humor.
Tab at the top right.
a wood carving by Pat Phillips, former Magdalena resident
and Golden Spur regular, went up the other day.
Pat's in Alaska now!
"If I had my life to live over, I'd live over a saloon."
"At the End of the Rope"
There's 50 photos of the 2012 Kids Rodeo up on the site now!
All of what you see across the street - the Becker-MacTavish Co. store on the left, the drugstore, the Silver Bell Saloon, and 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 lots of that kind'a history, Past and Present!
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."