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

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

by Lyn Kidder, Herb Brunell
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Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico (Images of America Series) by Lyn Kidder, Herb Brunell


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738570693
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/04/2009
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 970,172
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.33(d)

About 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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