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Alamogordo, New Mexico (Images of America Series)

Alamogordo, New Mexico (Images of America Series)

by Peter Eidenbach
     
 

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In 1898, the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad established New Mexico's first preplanned development community at Alamogordo. This city and its satellite communities of Tularosa, La Luz, and Cloudcroft are the only urban settlements in an area almost as large as Connecticut--the vast deserts and mountains of the Tularosa Basin are where people "climb for water and

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In 1898, the El Paso and Northeastern Railroad established New Mexico's first preplanned development community at Alamogordo. This city and its satellite communities of Tularosa, La Luz, and Cloudcroft are the only urban settlements in an area almost as large as Connecticut--the vast deserts and mountains of the Tularosa Basin are where people "climb for water and dig for wood." Alamogordo became the county seat after Otero County was created to modify the trial venue for the murder of Albert Fountain and his son Henry. West Texas ranching families moved into the Tularosa Basin in the 1880s and depended on ranching, farming, and tourism until World War II led to the creation of the Alamogordo Army Air Field (Holloman Air Force Base) and White Sands Proving Ground, the birthplace of the U.S. space and missile program. The first atomic explosion, Trinity, took place in White Sand's northwest corner on July 16, 1945. Col. John Stapp, pioneer of aerospace medicine, rode rocket sleds at the Holloman Test Track, leading to modern automotive seat belts.

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Title: New book spotlights Alamogordo

Author: Michael Johnson

Publisher: Alamogordo Daily News

Date: 6/13/2010

There's a piece of Alamogordo's history that is now available on bookstore shelves.

I've only just begun delving into it, but the book is titled "Images of America: Alamogordo." It was put together by Pete Eidenbach, an anthropologist, historian, preservation planner and teacher at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo whose 38-year professional career has focused on the archaeology, history and traditions of southern New Mexico.

The book is a collection of historic photographs supplied by numerous people and historical organizations.

It begins with an introduction from Eugene Manlove Rhodes, who nicknamed Alamogordo and its surroundings "Arcadia."

The historic photographs are fascinating to browse. It is interesting to see how Alamogordo has changed from a railroad town to what it is today.

But as I browsed through the photos and read about its history, I was saddened to learn that Alamogordo has lost much of its "Old West" charm.

The town in which I formerly lived, Cody, Wyo., was founded in 1896 by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and has managed to maintain its "Old West" look despite its many modern conveniences.

The name of this column is a play on Cody's famous "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World" shows in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

I love Western history. Alamogordo and the Tularosa Basin has plenty of it. Unfortunately, I hadn't been able to find anyone or have anyone tell me who knows an extensive history of Alamogordo.

Then, Eidenbach's book arrived in the mail late Thursday.

I took it home and read through the first chapter. Although there isn't much text, the photographs speak volumes.

If I had been born and raised in Alamogordo, I can only imagine the stories I could tell about its history. Eidenbach's book has given me a brand new perspective.

Before this book, I didn't know White Sands Boulevard was once known as Pennsylvania Avenue. I didn't know Alameda Park once contained a large swan pool and rustic foot bridges. I also didn't know that part of Alameda Park's purpose was to separate the railroad from the town.

But as I browsed the photos, I saw one thing that has not changed: the view of the Sacramento Mountains. Each day that I am able to look at those mountains is a blessing.

The book also includes much information about Cloudcroft, High Rolls, Tularosa and Mescalero.

The most fascinating photo is on page 34 of a single open-passenger Balley-Claire excursion car and mail trail crossing the Mexican Canyon Trestle en route to Cloudcroft.

It's a good book, although it is only 128 pages. The photos alone are worth a thousand words.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738584515
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/02/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,172,114
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author


Peter Eidenbach, Professor of New Mexico History at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo has compiled 200 historical images from three local historical society archives to create a vivid portrait of Alamogordo and its surrounding area.

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