For this post, I am doing something different. I didn't want to bring Fancy (my horse) into town, although my pup, Holly, joined me for most of these visits. I have chosen to do a "then and now" theme for the City of Santa Fe, in keeping with the past lives element in my novel "Into the Shadowlands." All of these sights within Santa Fe play a role in my book. (Some of these locations also appear in "Whispers across the plain," the sequel to Shadowlands.)
View of Santa Fe from Fort Marcy Hill, around the time of the Santa Fe Trail.
View of Santa Fe from Fort Marcy Hill, 2019.
Looking down on the Santa Fe Plaza from the south-west corner during trail days. You can see the old La Parroquia Church in the background.
Looking down onto the Santa Fe Plaza, same location, 2019. Now you see the St. Francis Cathdral in the background.
Vintage photo of the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe.
Palace of the Governors, same location, 2019.
Fort Marcy Headquarters building, Santa Fe, on the north-west corner of the plaza.
North-west corner of the Santa Fe Plaza, now the Fine Arts Museum, 2019.
The Exchange Hotel on the south-east corner of the Santa Fe Plaza.
Same location on the south-east corner of the plaza, now it is the sight of the La Fonda Hotel. 2019.
Old photo of the plaza park in Santa Fe with the soldier's monument.
Same location on the plaza park in Santa Fe, 2019.
The St. Francis Cathedral under construction around the old La Parroquia in Santa Fe.
The St. Francis Cathedral, same location, 2019.
Burro Alley, back in trail days.
Burro Alley, taken from the same location (on San Francisco Street) in 2019.
Dona Tules' house on Grant Ave and Palace Ave. At the end of Burro Alley.
Same Location of Dona Tules' house on Grant Avenue, now the Santa Fe Courthouse. 2019.
The old jail on Water Street, Santa Fe.
Same location as the old jail on Water Street, Santa Fe, now the Collected Works Bookstore, 2019.
Jose Manuel Gallegos' house on Washington Avenue.
The Gallegos House on Washington Ave, now the SantaCafe Restaurant, in 2019.
The Loretto Chapel (completed in 1878.)
The Loretto Chapel, same location, 2019.
Alternate view of the Loretto Chapel (center) with the school on the left and the convent on the right (now the location of the Loretto Hotel.)
Once you passed the Loretto Chapel, heading away from the plaza, you crossed this bridge over the Santa Fe River. This was the old Santa Fe Trail. You can see the San Miguel Chapel ahead, along with the St.Michael's School.
The San Miguel Chapel and St. Michael's School. The old Santa Fe Trail is the road in the foreground.
The San Miguel Chapel and school building (now the Lamy Building, housing the New Mexico Tourism Department.) 2019
Vintage pic of the San Miguel Chapel, (The Oldest Church in the U.S.A) in need of repair.
San Miguel Chapel, taken from same location, 2019.