Touring Hagan. Free parking!
An old window in the ruin
All Aboard! Old train station at Hagan
Ruin, showing cement "thrown" plaster
No Diving! The old "reservior"
at Hagan is empty.
A trip to the ghost town of Hagan
The information below was handed out by the Las Placitas Association
at the park-and-ride on October 28 at 10:00 a.m., just before
approximately seventy-five of us caravaned up I-25 to the
San Felipe exit. We resolutely followed each other up the
dirt road past the Diamond Tail ranch house to discover the
abandoned town of Hagan. The day was perfect.
The coal-mining town of Hagan was established in 1902 and
closed up in 1931 after running out of coal. Although leased
briefly in 1939, the mines were closed forever shortly thereafter.
The hundred plus adobe structures of Hagan were built by the
preeminent Bernalillo adobero Abenicio Salazar with a team
of 100 laborers and 60 masons over a period of three years.
Aside from the adobes made on site from transported materials,
brick from Golden, Tonque, and the Santa Fe Penitentiary was
used in the chimneys and wall junctures. Electricity and running
water were common throughout the town. A coal-powered plant
supplied the electricity and water came to the reservoir above
the town by clay tile from a spring two miles away.
During the boom years from 1924 to 1930, Hagan’s population
grew to 200 people. The community consisted mainly of Italians
and Slavs migrating from the coalfields of Raton and Dawson,
and Hispanics from Madrid and Cerrillos. Seventy children
were educated at the eight-grade schoolhouse. The center of
activity wes Hagan’s general store which was a two-story,
100,000 square foot structure housing a barbershop, a pool
hall, a bank, the post office and the general mercantile.
After finding the place and swarming all over it, photographing,
and recording every possible shred of evidence that this was
a great civilization, we took lunch down into the cool shade
of the cottonwoods. We ate lunch along the gently flowing
water that was coming down the arroyo from god knows where.
Then we went down to the spring, which is now a tree-of-heaven
Remnants of an apple orchard and vineyard were also evident,
along with a small cattle pond. On the way out we stopped
to see petroglyphs in two different areas. One of a horse,
very nice, right by Hagan, where the village and school used
to be. The other panels were found on the way back to I-25
on San Felipe land, but right on the side of the road. The
main figures here were sheep or deer. Very nice representations
found on this perfect day.
El Rinconcito español
Vale más tortilla con amor
que gallina con dolor.
Better (as a meal) a tortilla with love than a chicken with
Lo que se ve, no se pregunta.
What you can see, you don’t ask. (Don’t ask the
La zorra nunca se ve
The fox never sees her own tail. (It’s easier to see
the defects and limitations of others than to see one’s
*Gracias a Ruth Calderón for
Submitted by www.sospanyol.com,
Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication
LPA seeks tales of encounters with gravel
—JUDITH HENDRY, MEMBER, LAS PLACITAS ASSOCIATION
Almost all Placitas residents have at least one tale of horror
about an accident or a near miss, being cut off or forced
to the shoulder of the road by aggressive truck drivers, or
being hit by flying gravel or loose rocks. These stories are
more than just the “fine whines” of an inconvenienced
neighborhood or the longings for the golden past of rural
tranquility. These stories represent a very real and serious
safety threat to the community and strongly reinforce the
fact that gravel mines and residential communities are incompatible
Las Placitas Association's current efforts to stop plans
for another gravel mine in Placitas are focused on gathering
information and compiling evidence of the negative impacts
of the existing gravel mines on health, safety, and the quality
of life in Placitas. As part of this effort, LPA is asking
community members to send their truck tales, windshield woes,
or accounts of dust, noise, and safety concerns to its Web
They would also like to know if complaints have been filed,
with whom, and if any action was taken in response to the
If all goes as planned, the Bureau of Land Management, who
manages the four thousand acres of land in Placitas, will
begin the long and expensive process of revising its Resource
Management Plan in 2007. This plan allows for gravel mining,
which many believe is an incompatible land use in light of
the growth of residential housing that has occurred in Placitas
since adoption of the plan in 1986. In the revision process,
BLM will be calling on community residents as well as the
gravel companies and other interested parties to give input
about how this land should be used. LPA believes that it is
important to enter this planning process well-prepared to
justify the withdrawal of mining from Placitas lands.
For an update on what is happening with the efforts to stop
the mine from becoming a reality, community members are invited
to attend LPA's Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, on December
10 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Anasazi Winery in the village
A thank-you and an invitation from the Placitas
—ANNE GREY FROST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The board of the Placitas Community Library would like to
thank all those who have responded so generously to our Friends
of the Library membership drive. Your contributions cover
all our operating expenses for the year. We are still entirely
volunteer-run and extremely frugal, but your donations keep
the rent paid and the lights on. If you have not yet had a
chance to respond, please take a moment now to join at whatever
level is comfortable for you. Together we can make sure that
all the adults and children in our community have access to
high-speed Internet and word processing and can learn from
a wide variety of books, tapes, and videos.
The board would also like to invite everyone to our Holiday
Open House on Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. We will have a bilingual story time starting at 11:00
a.m., followed by a piñata celebration and refreshments
all afternoon. Who knows what other surprises we have in store
for you? Perhaps Santa will even make an appearance. Watch
for more information on flyers around town.
In mid-December, we plan to have our accessibility ramp
and the garage remodeling completed. This will make it much
easier for those with mobility issues to visit us and provide
a clean place for us to sort and process all your fabulous
book donations. Please hold off on those book donations until
after January 1 to allow us the time and space to make these
Your library now has an extensive selection of the Santa
Fe-produced radio program Aspectos Culturales. These weekly
broadcasts, hosted by Roberto Mondragon, are dedicated to
the preservation and sharing of Hispanic culture. They also
support bilingual language development, with music and interviews.
Mondragon brings alive the flavor of the New Mexican landscape.
CDs of these broadcasts are available at the library for a
three-week check-out period.
Our gang of catalogers is to be congratulated! They have
now entered over eight thousand titles into our computer system,
making it faster to check books out and easier to answer your
questions about titles we have available.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
• Friday, December 1: Story Hour. 9:30 p.m.
• Monday, December 4: Library book club discusses
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella Bird.
• Saturday, December 9: Holiday Open House. Spanish/English
story time, piñata celebration, and more. We would
love for young and old to join us to share this special
time of year. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Friday, January 5: Preschool story hour. 9:30 a.m.
• Monday, January 7: Library book club will discuss
Henderson the Rain King, by Saul Bellow. 4:00 p.m.
The discussion groups will be held at private homes, due
to the cool temperatures in the library; please call 867-3355
Placitas plans Open Space cleanup
—LOLLY JONES, MEMBER, LAS PLACITAS ASSOCIATION
The Las Placitas Association invites you to bring your sun
hat, heavy gloves, rain gear, and join us to remove an antiquated
barbed-wire fence that runs through the middle of the Placitas
Open Space, obstructing both people and wildlife. We'll meet
at the Placitas Merc at 9:00 a.m. on December 9 and carpool
to the work site. Members of the Albuquerque Open Space Division
will be there to help with the work and advise us on the ongoing
work of implementing the Placitas Open Space Master Plan.
This is a free event sponsored by LPA, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to preserving open space, restoring ailing watersheds,
and enhancing the quality of life in Placitas. LPA will provide
tools, drinks, and snacks for this event. Lunch is also available
by sending an RSVP. Log onto www.lasplacitas.org and use the
Contact Us link to send an e-mail on how many will be in your
group. Computer-less? Leave a message with Lolly Jones at
Learn more about LPA’s hikes, special events, and
mission by visiting www.lasplacitas.org.
Club Culturale Italiano donates clothing to
Bound For Success
Rosealba Maniaci, an officer of the Club Culturale Italiano,
with Peggy Koontz, a representative for Bound For Success,
a nonprofit organization operating as Nearly New Boutique
at 836 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo, donated clothing collected
by the membership of the club. Maniaci is also chairman of
Club Italiano’s annual Christmas Potluck Dinner, which
will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, at Our Lady
of Sorrows Church Hall, in Bernalillo.
The purpose of the Club Culturale Italiano is to further
the understanding of Italian culture. If you are interested
in attending the potluck or learning more about other club
activities, call 867-6842 or 822-1806.