Las Vegas, New Mexico, 1835-1935. I served as Content Compiler and Editor for this lush photo-history of 100 years in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a boom and bust town of the western United States frontier. The book includes close to 200 images of period, archival photographs from a variety of repositories--some never before seen--as well as historical essays, side bars, profiles, and extended captions.
"It's all here: The Spanish explorers and pioneers, the wagon trains, the Rough Riders, the Harvey Girls, the outlaws and desperadoes and ranching legends." --Hampton Sides
Available at the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection.
Cowboy Reunions of Las Vegas, New Mexico. By Edwina P. Romero writing as Pat Romero: An illustrated history of the Las Vegas, New Mexico, Cowboy Reunion annual events, 1915-1968. The 4-day Reunions attracted ranchers, cowboys, cowgirls, well-known artists, authors, and musicians as well as the local townspeople, merchants, and business community.
Footlights in the Foothills, Amateur Theatre of Las Vegas and Fort Union, New Mexicom 1871-1899. Cloggers and sopranos, contortionists, Indian Club Swingers, ticket-of-leave men and ladies of the night, shepherds, saints, and devils—these are a few of the characters portrayed in the early amateur theatrical productions of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and nearby Fort Union. Between 1871 and 1899, this area hosted no fewer than eleven amateur acting troupes, an opera company, and an oratorio society. These home grown thespians performed both secular and non-secular plays in Spanish and English as well as musicals, variety acts, passion plays, and light operas. They played in courthouses, private salas, grand opera houses, and performance halls that were occasionally stocked with hay and grain. The amateur troupers strutted their stuff before farmers, outlaws, hooligans, soldiers, and the local aristocracy.