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Product Details

  • Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press; Revised edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826316891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826316899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A truly wonderful book. . . . packed full with the history, geography, sociology, and anthropology of New Mexico.” “ --Names

An indispensable guide to the state’s geography and history.” --Tradición Revista

Julyan gives readers a treasure far surpassing the fabled golden cities.” --New Mexico Magazine

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The indispensable traveler's guide to the history of places throughout the Land of Enchantment.

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This book has been so helpful in researching my husband's family.
Connie in Colorado
This book gives a little history on each place so if you want to do more research it is a place to start.
Bear Barclay
It will make you appreciate where you are much, much more--I can almost promise it.
Mike Smith

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
My roots are in Arizona and New Mexico and The Place Names of New Mexico is an outstanding reference work for those interested in place name origin and history. It is very enjoyable to read and simply browse through as well as a useful tool for research.
I obtained the book to assist in researching place names along the Santa Fe Railroad (obtained from old employee timetables) and it was here where I found that the author intentionally made a grave error, in my opinion. He omitted the names of railroad sidings, water stops, stations and section houses that "once were more important in the public consciousness" if they never had a post office or gave their name to another feature of the area.
I recognize there are many elements to consider in the history of the area such as post offices, maps, government and military records, etc. There should be no question that railroads also played a HUGE role in development of the west and leaving out some of the railroad names such as Keota, Blanchard, Paquita and McCune,a large void was unnecessarily created. While the void doesn't detract from the work as a whole, it does make it incomplete. Then again, in defense of the author, I didn't walk the mile in his shoes or confront the problems he may have faced. What I am trying to say is that if I wrote the book, I would not have knowingly excluded any railroad names.
On the positive side, this book is up to date and newer place names have been identified and included.
If you are interested in New Mexico history or various elements comprising it, this book is definitely worth having in your library. In spite of my complaint, it answered most of my questions. This book is a five star work and it is well done.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
For about for years now, since I first bought this book, this book has traveled with me everywhere I go in New Mexico. It's explained to me the names of towns I've lived in, towns I've passed through, and towns I've heard of for my entire life without ever knowing their meanings. It's introduced me to ghost towns and little towns I would never have known about otherwise. It's made me look at my own town with new eyes. Now I see an old water pump in front of a house, and I think, "That could have been placed here by Carl Webb's neighbors, back when he first built his sanitarium here." Before, I would have seen nothing.

The book does not, and could not really without being an encyclopedia, have everything you could ever want to know in it, but it has enough to make you sound just a little smarter when you're driving past exits and offramps on the interstate.

"The town once had six newspapers; it's just a gas station now...that town's residents hate how the town's name is spelled...that place once took the name of the town next to it...an Indian skirmish happened there...." And so on and so forth.

If you live in New Mexico, you should own this book. It will make you appreciate where you are much, much more--I can almost promise it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
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An excellent reference and history book with easy-to-read print. Anyone interested in 'treasure hunting', genealogy, or checking on marriage or death records will find this book a necessity. Town names come and go; some may have only existed for 16 years, or the name had been changed over and over. This is the book for you. The mini-history lessons are interesting and valuable without putting the reader to sleep and the directions to the locations are clear and concise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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I grew up in New Mexico, and since moving away, I have been very interested in learning more about my home state (probably because I miss it so much). This book is an excellent reference of place names, and taught me a lot about New Mexico. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. MCDONOUGH on February 24, 2006
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This book is 'only' a dictionary of place names in New Mexico. They are listed alphabetically, and I haven't found a place yet that isn't in the book. There is often a blurb about the local history in addition to the origin of the name. Short as the entries are, I find them fascinating. They even point out that Thoreau can be pronounced "Through."

Some people keep certain books in their bathrooms, this book rides around in the back seat of my car. I first saw it in the back seat of a friend's car, and knew immediately I needed a copy for my car. If you drive much in New Mexico, I suggest you get a copy for your back seat, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Hanson on October 20, 2010
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For a New Mexico lover trapped in Illinois this book is a wonderful little treasure. To be truthful, anything that can take me to New Mexico in my mind is a blessing and this book does that. My one wish is that there would have been more examples on how to pronounce many of the named places. Every trip out there my daughter who resides in Albuquerque has some good laughs as she corrects my pronunciation of Cabezon, Bernalillo, Manzano..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rough Customer VINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
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This is an excellant "place names" by state book. I have many such books from various states. One I bought the same day is one from California which showed me how bad some of these books can be (the CA book, not the NM book). This NM book, tells the background and how each place name came into being with passion and interest and a good amount of research on each location...I will use it often and refer to it often! Highly recommended.
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