CORRALES--Another of New Mexico's landmarks has been ravaged by fire. One can only hope that there is a way to save at least some of it. Over 200 years old, the building that became known as the Territorial House was well into its mature years when the Civil War broke out. More recently, it also has significance to a whole generation of people who lived here in the seventies..the 1970's, that is. It was the absolute center of life in the far north valley.
Everyone who was around back then has memories of being there. Let me strike that. Everyone whose memory was working back then has those memories. Here are some of mine, clouded by drink and time though they may be. If I am wrong, please straighten me out. This is what I remember:
• The best and cheapest of New Mexican cuisine at that time was the carne adovada burrito served in the T-House bar. It came to you without a plate and wrapped in aluminum foil. Price: one buck.
• That bar, the sign called it "la cantina", was decorated in the style of Old Mexico, including a bull's head hanging on the wall. (I hope I am not making this up or I was in worse shape than anyone possibly knew).
• The men's room featured a bathtub converted into a urinal with appropriate changes to the plumbing. (Geez I can only hope I was in the right room).
• Before the entertainment went country-western, it was Folk…like Hank and Lewie Wickham. I know some of you out there have real intense memories of them, but me not so much.
• What about you? Memory any good? Care to share? (I heard Stuart Dyson on TV the other night saying he was there once when a gunfight broke out that left three dead). Well, any pleasant memories? And PICTURES! Got any pictures?