Happy Hundred Years to the Land of Enchantment

May 4, 2012

Books, New Mexico, New Titles, News

The Land of Enchantment is celebrating 100 years of statehood, and The History Press is honored to represent some of New Mexico’s storied past in these titles:


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♦ “Poor New Mexico! So far from Heaven, so close to Texas!”—Governor Manuel Armijo

In this collection of forgotten tales, Ellen Dornan relates the stories of heroic outcasts and scheming governors, female warriors and fierce revolutionaries. Meet the crew that accidentally dropped a hydrogen bomb on a sage-covered mesa, the Union troops who surrendered after ‘destroying’ a cache of whiskey, the governor who rerouted Route 66 to spite his successor and the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army.

–Forgotten Tales of New Mexico by Ellen Dornan

♦ Fear always leads us to suspect the worst….

Beginning in the seventeenth century, townsfolk and rural dwellers in the remote Spanish colonial city of Santa Fe maintained a provocative interest in mysterious and miraculous visions. This preoccupation with the afterlife, occult forces and unearthly beings existing outside the natural world led to early witch trials, stories about saintly apparitions and strange encounters with spirits and haunted places.

–Enchanted Legends and Lore of New Mexico: Witches, Ghosts & Spirits by Ray John de Aragon

♦ Smokey Bear may be the most enduring figure to come from Capitan, New Mexico, but the lucky black bear cub is only part of the story…

Fifty years before Smokey Bear was found—near death, clinging to a tree after a forest fire—Capitan was the site of a burgeoning coal boom. With the mine came the railroad, and with the railroad came the founding of the town.

–Capitan, New Mexico: From the Coalora Coal Mines to Smokey Bear by Gary Cozzens

For more information or to purchase these books, please visit The History Press online bookstore, or stop in your local bookshop.

Related Posts: Interview with Ellen Dornan, Setting Up Shop in the Southwest

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