Big Jo Lumber Company Site and Santa Fe’s Colorful Historic Past

Presenter: Tim Maxwell

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 3:00–4:00 pm, $5 admission fee

Big Jo Lumber, near intersection of Sandoval and San Francisco Street.Big Jo Lumber, near intersection of Sandoval and San Francisco Street.

Photo courtesy of Tim Maxwell.

Big Jo Lumber, near intersection of Sandoval and San Francisco Street.

Photo courtesy of Tim Maxwell.

Archaeological excavations at the site of the former Big Jo Lumber Company, now the home of the Eldorado Hotel, looked at an eighteenth-century building in use until razed in 1984. From the days of Santa Fe as a Spanish outpost to a destination city, the Big Jo Lumber Company building saw a variety of occupants and uses, many with a fascinating history. Gamblers, milliners, Indian agents, and possibly spies lived in the building at various times. In this colorful talk, archaeologist Tim Maxwell walks us through the razing of a building that led to Santa Fe’s archaeological protection ordinance, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis - register online here.

For additional information call (505) 954-7245 or visit sparks.sarweb.org.

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