LaFonda Hotel:
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LaFonda, the hotel at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. The images here are from 1984-85 when Iwas a full time resident at the hotel. Back then the lobby of LaFonda was the meeting place for Santa Fe. It was a place where artists, both Indian, Hispanic and Anglo could interact with the tourists who came to town.

Unhfortunately one of the artisans sold a counterfit piece of turquoise to a museum collector from back East and the hotel ended the policy of allowing 'locals' to 'sell' in the hotel lobby.

When that happened I think a significant piece of Santa Fe's culture and charm was lost forever.

Images are all Fujichrome 1600ASA push-developed at home