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Montezuma: The Castle in the West

Heidi Utz; Queen Noor; Craig Smith; Elmo Baca; Nancy Hanks; Philip O. Geier

Published by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2002
ISBN 10: 0937206733 / ISBN 13: 9780937206737
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Title: Montezuma: The Castle in the West

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.


Oblong quarto, as new paperback still in shrink wrap. 127pp. An illustrated history of the various incarnations of Montezuma Castle at the Las Vegas Hot Springs in New Mexico. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 02203BT

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Synopsis: The Montezuma Castle near Las Vegas, New Mexico ranks among the undisputed architectural gems of the state. Built in the 1880s as arguably the most opulent and fashionable resort west of the Mississippi, the Montezuma hosted US presidents and titans of industry as well as European and Japanese nobility and the outlaw Jesse James. Patrons enjoyed the first bowling alley in the West, the first electric lighting in New Mexico, celebrated hot springs and spas, and exquisite cuisine, including fresh fish and sea turtles hauled by rail from the West Coast and Mexico. In spite of its illustrious past, the Montezuma stood empty for much of the last century -- the structure vandalised and falling into ruin. Chances for its resurrection looked dim until 1997 when the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the former hotel as one of America's eleven Most Endangered Historic Places. It was the first property west of the Mississippi to gain that attention, and a committed preservation effort followed. Here is the story of the castle's heritage, its architectural grandeur and its rebirth as an educational complex serving the diverse, global population of students attending the United World College of the American West, founded by Armand Hammer with help from Prince Charles.

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