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Santa Fe Gossip & Historical Tidbits

Brian Boru Dunne was a gossip columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican in the 1940s. In his lively column B.B. Dunne provided Santa Fe with a “Who’s Who” of celebrities passing through town. Even when he wasn’t writing about famous people, the prolific writer was able to make the mundane relevant with the motto, “There’s not much to see in a small town but what you hear makes up for it.”

Lindbergh Lands in Santa Fe

The famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh visited Santa Fe in 1927, the same year that he made the first solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis. In 1929 he took aerial photographs of Chaco Canyon and other important archaeological sites of the Southwest. Two years earlier Santa Fe artist Carlos Vierra took photos of the ruins at Chaco Canyon.

Land of Little Rain

In 1903 Mary Austin wrote the classic, The Land of Little Rain, about the people, terrain, and spirituality of the west. When Austin came to Santa Fe in 1918 she founded the Santa Fe Little Theater. She befriended Ernest Thompson Seton in Santa Fe. He wrote 40 books on wildlife and nature. In 1933 he built Seton Village Castle southeast of Santa Fe, which became a National Historic Landmark in 2005.

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