New Mexico in 1876-1877: The Travels & Reports of William D Dawson
Compiled and Edited by Robert J. Torrez
Rio Grande Books, 2007
From the back cover:
"Ever wonder what New Mexico was like in the nineteenth century? In 1876, newspaperman William D. Dawson undertook a series of journeys that took him the entire length of the territory from the D&RG railhead near Fort Garland, Colorado, to the Mesilla Valley and west to the mines of Silver City and Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Here for the first time in print since they appeared in the pages of The Santa Fe Daily New Mexican nearly a century and a half ago, are descriptions of New Mexico¹s towns, its agriculture, wineries and mines; farmers, merchants, vintners, miners, soldiers, Indians, outlaws, and pretty girls - all the elements that we imagine constituted this great frontier - drew Dawson¹s attention and found their way into his reports, leaving us an extraordinary portrait of New Mexico as it was mas antes, in the old days."
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