The Golden Spur Saloon
U.S. Highway 60, Magdalena, New Mexico
News & Coming Events
The virus has changed everything (of course).
For now we're selling package and food-to-go
from the front of the Saloon, all week long,
and three days a week
have the patio open for a spell
and serve drinks
and beer and pizza and whatever -
AT A DISTANCE!
Come see the new ENLARGED patio and
yell at each other's table over the music! NO, NO, NO!
Everything is mellow. And the beer is COLD!
And the afternoons this August are as hot as a pizza oven.
Come see us and
socialize while you sizzle and guzzle!
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 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
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.
No Life for a Lady
by 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."
When Guns Speak Death
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