Albuquerque, Fairview Historic Cemetery, Kate Nelson discussed on Richard Eeds
23 minutes to have a three o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon We went from 78 degrees 61 degrees in the blink of an eye reigned around town. We got good rain here. It had broadcasting got 13 drops Placido, which is a kind of a rip off. We'll clear up tomorrow and through Monday, Labor Day Monday will be in the mid eighties and sunny skies. I figured the best music coming out of that segment going in the next segment. Talking about Chili peppers are the red hot chili Peppers and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Kate Nelson, managing editor in Mexico magazine. He is our guest. Alright, so usually you know, we kind of Ah, I pick a story You pick a story. But I mean the first story first because you wrote it. And second because it's a cover story is obvious. Okay, So we did the chili Pepper story, Okay, But the other story, Kate and and he wrote about it's called grounds for remembrances about a cemetery, a graveyard in Albuquerque with a lot of unmarked graves. And it is really in bed, bad repair, just repair and a lot of veterans are buried there and I and I said, I know Where is this? Where is this? He says south and then all the things I realized is that the corner of I used to sit there at the stoplight. Going to and from isotopes, Park and football games and the pitting all that it's a kind of the corner of Yale and coming up like I guess season. Chavez right there in the corner, right? That's the cemetery. Fairview Historic Cemetery, and it's It's sort of tucked in back of Fairview Memorial Park, which is a modern cemetery green and flowers and very, very lovely. Place. But the historic cemetery, which states back to the 18 eighties, has It was developed before the days where you would buy perpetual care. And so nobody cared for it for years and years of a hardy band of volunteers has been getting out there at least monthly, maybe even more than that lately, too. Cut back the weeds and into a little bit of work on it. It fascinates me because I'm I'm I'm a dweeb first history. I just dig it in almost anywhere. I've got a new Mexico. I've encountered an old cemetery and I'll stop and wander through because it's a great place to To learn the names of people to kind of see the the waves of immigration waves of Pandemics, Spanish flu and the like. And this cemetery. This was the first commercial cemetery. In Albuquerque when the railroad boom started, so the Anglo migration is happening. Onda names that you walked past the Albert Simms and Ruth Hannah McCormick Simms, who started what's now Los Poblanos historic, and, um, they're there with their son, her son. Who died in a tragic mountain climbing accident on Sandia Peak and the boulder that his body was found on was brought down and add it to the grave there, and it's Yeah, it's just it's a very somber And yet loving sort of thing that you run. You passed names like Huning in Hazleton and Montgomery. And it's like, Oh, wait. This is This is the whole boom of Albuquerque in the same family that the dairy farm down on down in Rio Grande became their fortune in the Sims building and all that land, which is now Albuquerque Academy. Exactly, UM, or Huning Highlands neighborhood. The kind of the movers and the Shakers. Of not just the railroad boom. I mean, there were their 20th Hispanic families there that you mentioned the veterans cemeteries. There's two big plots of those and you kind of walking through. You're like, Oh, my goodness that would have been Spanish American war. He was a rough rider. Oh, he was part of the Bataan Death March. It's It's fascinating to me and When I proposed this is a story Originally, months and months ago, some of my colleagues were liking visiting a cemetery. And since then I've heard from so many people who say Oh, I just love walking through places like that. There's a certain There's an interesting bit of solitude that that you can have their and it's and it's a very thoughtful solitude because you're thinking about I'm not going to be here forever, either. And what did these people contribute? What will I contribute? Andi, this sense of neglect that that comes up around it. It really tugs at your heart. One of the volunteers that I interviewed for it had moved here as a teacher and Started visiting old cemeteries just to get a sense of Albuquerque is history. And and talks about how when she visited Fairview it it kind of hurt her to see it in that condition, And now she's one of the people who reliably shows up to try to clean it up a bit. Yeah, yeah. Go ahead. I suggest a couple of other cemeteries around the state that are that are interesting in the same regard in Santa Fe, Fairview is Incredible in this regard. A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to go with Tom Leech from the Palace Press. And a poet whose name I will forget until three o'clock in the morning, and I'll call every one of you and tell you what it isn't. But he was going around the country and standing by the graves of poets in reading their poetry for a video and putting all of that together. It was a remarkable experience. Traffics rushing by and Serios on work inside the tumbleweeds and what not So you have you have a list of old Hans Ke Fairview Cemetery here in Santa Fe Kit Carson often towels Cedar Cedar Vale Cemetery in Wide oaks, Masonic International Order hot fellas in Las Vegas and Billy the kid's grave. We think possibly maybe Ah, and for someone in Mexico All right. Great story. Um, you want to select the next one? When we come back. I will. All right. Think about it. Ponder on okay. Be right back. 29 minutes after three o'clock my emails. Richard Santa fe dot com When again touched with me, Richard AB Santa pay docked right back, 30. Minutes after that,.