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The Place Names of New Mexico Paperback – 1998
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An indispensable guide to the states geography and history. --Tradición Revista
Julyan gives readers a treasure far surpassing the fabled golden cities. --New Mexico Magazine
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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.
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.
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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This book has incredible history and stories of the places in New Mexico; I wish there was a map to pinpoint where the places are.Published 20 months ago by Behomes
This was an exceptional book. Lots of good information and details about the names of New Mexico. Would highly recommend itPublished on January 7, 2014 by Lee Torres
I grew up in NM and have always wondered why some places were given the names they have. This is a good book for NM transplants who might want to learn the history of the small... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
We got our book and it was in great shape for being used. We take it everywhere in NM. We are natives of NM and we still are stumped about certain place names and this book helps... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Bear Barclay
This is the best book I have purchased for history! This book has a lot of history and I take it with me everywhere when traveling in New Mexico. I don't leave home without it! Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Reader
I was a little disappointed in this book in that it did not have what I was searching for. But it's well done and will be handy to have if I get back to New Mexico.Published on January 25, 2013 by Leroy Martinez