September 2012

Book Reviews – September 2012



By Camilla Trujillo

Images of America Series – Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738579672


After retiring from 25 years as artist-in-residence at northern New Mexico schools, Camilla Trujillo, in the interest of preserving the memory of the old Española (pre-Walmart), spent a year interviewing families, collecting historical photos and writing a series of essays. The result is a 128-page photographic journal of the Española Valley. Most of the photos have never been published before.


Española, historically,” Trujillo says, “had been a complex community of about 20 villages, three Indian pueblos and a small city.” The scope of her book ranges from “El Encuentro,” the first meeting between the Spanish colonists and the Pueblo inhabitants of the upper Rio Grande – to the establishment of the first capital of NM, San Gabriel del Yungue, with its river cobble foundations – to the American invasion in the mid-19th century – to the Manhattan Project and its economic interdependence with the Española Valley one hundred years later.


The book’s final chapter, “La Cosecha,” (The Harvest) focuses on historic local food production, including molinos (flour mills) that were built over acequias or creeks, and apple and chile production, which was aided by the Chile Line railroad that served Espanola from 1880 to 1941.


The Española book is available at Hastings in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and the Palace of the Governors museum bookstore. In the Española area, it may be found at the Chimayó Trading Post, Cook’s Hardware and the Galeria Santa Cruz. It may also be ordered online:




Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Caminito Publishing, LLC

The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is a compilation of the people, places, arts, cultures and colloquialisms unique to the City Different and the Land of Enchantment. From Aamodt to Zuni, this entertaining and informative book covers elements of the region’s history, literature, politics, geology, local lore, food, customs, gossip and much more. Some entries are a few paragraphs, some a couple of pages. There are 1,000+ alphabetical entries (fully indexed), 180 illustrations (photos, maps and charts) and a phonetic pronunciation guide for selected terms.


The author, Mark Cross, is a Virginia native with a master’s degree in American history from George Mason University. He has worked for Santa Fe public schools, written book reviews for The New Mexican and worked as a proofreader and editor for the NM Legislature. He began compiling the regional encyclopedia soon after moving to Santa Fe in 1996, first for his own education, then as a resource for visitors or even lifelong residents who want to learn more about their home territory.


Cross never intended to include everything, and isn’t an expert on Spanish culture or pronunciation. “I’m just trying to help the poor gringo say, ‘A-bih-cue’ instead of ‘A-bih-KWEE,’” he says. The Encyclopedia’s companion website includes audio recordings of how locals pronounce the names of places or things. It also provides updates on information included in the book, pending a future edition.


The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, published by Cross’ Caminito Publishing, is available at area bookstores or may be ordered online:




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