In this, the third anthology of stories from the Rio Abajo, Richard Melzer and John Taylor have collected another twenty-four tales of people, places, and events that have shaped New Mexico history. Inside these covers you will find priests and scoundrels, merchants and politicians, faith healers and soldiers, buffalo and chupacabras, and lots of ghosts. You will travel down the Santa Fe Trail with a physician turned trader; you will ride in reverse in a Model T up La Bajada on old Route 66; you will ride in a B-29 dropping bombs in the desert; and you will ride the Doodlebug as it carries commuters from Belen to Albuquerque. You will watch as the mighty Rio Grande dries to a trickle then returns with a fury to wipe out farms and villages alike and you will stand beside a doctor as he amputates the leg of an injured man by the light of a kerosene lantern. You will meet Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Anglo Americans, each of whom played a role in making the Rio Abajo what it is today. Please come with us and enjoy these Tragic Trails & Enchanted Journeys.
Richard Melzer is a Regents professor of history at the University of New Mexico's Valencia campus. A former president of the Historical Society of New Mexico, he is the author of two dozen books and over a hundred articles on New Mexico history.