Images of Early Amearica: Santa Fe Editor - Ana Pacheco

The history of Santa Fe is encapsulated in imagery. Eons ago, remnants of unearthed Native American artifacts shed light on its first inhabitants. By the 17th century, Spanish settlers were capturing everyday life with brushstrokes on canvas. In the 1850s, the epic of this ancient land was brought to life through the camera’s lens. These early images, which tell the story of the convergence of humanity, are as varied as the people themselves. They arrived at different times on the four major arteries that connect in the heart of the city: the Camino Real (from Mexico City), the Santa Fe Trail (from Independence, Missouri), the Old Spanish Trail (from Los Angeles), and the Mother Road, Route 66, which began in Chicago.

Ana Pacheco’s family settled in Santa Fe during the 17th century. As the city historian of her hometown, she has woven together the threads of this narrative through the work of its early photographers. The vast photograph collection at the Palace of the Governors at the New Mexico History Museum has preserved the essence of the people, places, and progress that continues to define the “City Different.”

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Pages: 127

US $ 21.99