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
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.