I Found One

green porch in Taos, NM

Just off Bent Street where the territorial governor got scalped

Who says there aren’t any screened-in porches in New Mexico? We do, I guess. But there it is! Covered with plastic, looks like, but it might be screened. Slowly being eaten by termites and sinking into the ground, I’ll bet, just like our old porch in Merryland. Interesting tilt, anyway.

Looks like that place even has a basement. This town is messing with my head.

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Ken Webb February 22, 2013, 4:32 AM

    Looks good. Does Kit Carson lie in his grave somewhere in the vicinity? –I loved the tales of the Mountain Men when I was a kid. If memory serves, Carson put Taos on the map as the site of an annual “Rendezvous” of trappers, Indians and the purchasers of their goods from back East. There must have been some gambling, some horse-racing and some alcohol mixed in with the wampum and silver coins. A fellow or two must have got himself scalped or shot. Did Carson himself die with his boots and his hair on? Does anyone think of him anymore in that town he more or less founded?

    • JHF February 22, 2013, 8:44 AM

      You’re a mite confused but basically right. The trading came long before Carson, though, and the thing about the trade fairs was that that’s when people didn’t kill each other. You need to come to Taos to see the Carson influence, which is considerable. His house is a museum downtown. There’s a locale named Carson, Kit Carson Park, an electrical coop, a major street, etc. His grave is in the park. Check out this 2008 FarrFeed post. There’s an essential book recommendation there, too, Blood and Thunder, by Hampton Sides.

      Governor Bent was killed during the Taos Revolt. It was a big deal, very bloody business. One poor fellow was skinned alive and eaten by pigs in the main plaza. Natives massacred afterwards when the U.S. Army used howitzers on a church. It’s all in the book. Most people have no idea.

  • Sunday Tidwell February 22, 2013, 10:59 PM

    Why is the Subaru so common in Northern NM? I’ve been wondering about this for years.

    • JHF February 22, 2013, 11:12 PM

      I assume it’s because of all the snow and mud. Then again, in Taos at least, it’s something of a cult. The dark green ones with all the bumper stickers are especially favored by militant gluten-free tin foil hat types. In the old days, Subarus had a reputation for being rugged, good in snow, and so forth. There also weren’t very many choices when it came to 4WD vehicles! That’s probably the main reason the brand found a niche. You see them all over places like West Virginia and Vermont as well.

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