Geography has conspired to make Gallup, New Mexico, a special place with unique people and a colorful history. It has been a place of struggle and extremes where cultures have clashed, mixed, and melded. Gallup is a community that is simultaneously challenging and uplifting, heartrending, and redemptive. To local Native Americans, the Navajo and Pueblo people, Gallup is located on their ancestral homeland and bordered by their sacred sites. To early settlers, Gallup was a place that permitted transportation across the continent, first by foot and horseback, then by stagecoach and railroad, and ultimately, by America's Mother Road, Route 66. With its founding, Gallup became a place where European, Asian, and Hispanic immigrants--with hands that built America--came to construct a transcontinental rail line, harvest timber, mine coal, and establish businesses, while seeking a new life among the region's original native people.
About the Author
Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola, a freelance journalist in Gallup, has long been fascinated by the stories of area residents. Carol Sarath worked with the Gallup-McKinley County Schools for 35 years and is currently active on several community boards. Bob Rosebrough is a lawyer who enjoys exploring Gallup's intense history and its rugged landscape.