Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico (Images of America Series)

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The Sacramento Mountains are an oasis of cool pine forests, alpine meadows, and fast-flowing streams. For more than a century, the area has been a summer haven for people living in the surrounding desert. The town of Ruidoso-a Spanish word meaning "noisy"-is named for the sound of water rushing over rocks as the Rio Ruidoso runs (and occasionally rampages) through the town. The town's first resident, Civil War veteran Paul Dowlin, built an adobe mill that harnessed the river's power. Word of the area's beauty ...

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Overview

The Sacramento Mountains are an oasis of cool pine forests, alpine meadows, and fast-flowing streams. For more than a century, the area has been a summer haven for people living in the surrounding desert. The town of Ruidoso-a Spanish word meaning "noisy"-is named for the sound of water rushing over rocks as the Rio Ruidoso runs (and occasionally rampages) through the town. The town's first resident, Civil War veteran Paul Dowlin, built an adobe mill that harnessed the river's power. Word of the area's beauty soon spread. Traveling over primitive roads, first by horse and wagon and later by automobile, visitors escaped the summer heat in what became known as "The Playground of the Southwest." Some came for horse racing or the gambling and night life offered by the town's many bars; others came to hike, fish, and later ski on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, the mountain whose 12,000 foot peak provides a stunning backdrop for the town.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738570693
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,428,836
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyn Kidder has written articles for magazines such as New Mexico Journey, New Mexico Business Journal, Sabroso, and Oh, So Ruidoso. Kidder has written two books on Alaska: Tacos on the Tundra and Barrow, Alaska from A to Z. For decades, local photographer Herb Brunell has collected vintage photographs and documented Ruidoso history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Days 9

2 A Little Town Grows Bigger 21

3 Happy Times in the Great Depression 37

4 There's a War On! 47

5 Playground of the Southwest 63

6 Winter Fun 83

7 And They're Off! 97

8 Daily Life 107

9 Disasters 115

10 Discover Ruidoso 123

Bibliography 127

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