La Posada de Santa Fe
The La Posada is the most famous inn in New Mexico. It has been called "a living museum of Western history and life" by the National Park Service and "one of America's great historic hotels." It is also one of the most unusual. The hotel was constructed during the 1920s by Spanish architect Ricardo Ortega and was built to resemble a pueblo Indian home with adobe walls, vigas beams, and carved wooden doors. The taste of authenticity it shares with its visitors dates back to when it first opened in 1925.
The La Posada, which translates to "the inn" in Spanish, is especially well-known among those who love history and classic Americana. Early visitors were the likes of Billy the Kid and the notorious Butch Cassidy. The hotel's most recent inspiration has been actress Linda Evans, who has used it as a setting for her cheesy television series "Inn of Yesteryear." The La Posada is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the base of Angel's Peak.
Between 1905 and 1915, two guys from Chicago named Arthur Lafayette O'Malley and August Gankin developed an interest in New Mexico's turquoise resources. They soon attracted investors by promising "a bonanza." Their first claim was "Los Cerrillos" in Santa Fe County, which they sold to the government to be made into a national forest. The profit from their work inspired them to purchase a stone quarry in Colfax County. The two soon earned reputations as successful businessmen and were offered land for sale by Mr. James Gomez. They accepted his offer, and O'Malley began the construction of La Posada on the new plot of land he'd been given.
Just before construction could begin on La Posada itself, a bolt of lightning struck and burned down the house that was being used as an office for the site's development. It prompted an unusual request from O'Malley to his neighbor Mrs.