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    Lot of Three Cabinet Card Photos of Montezuma Castle, Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory, ca. 1880s. In 1841, the Mexican government granted a Mr. Donaldson the land on which this castle would later sit. It was an inviting area because of the hot springs. In 1846, the land and hot springs was bought by the US Army. In 1862, the army sold the hot springs to OH Woodworth and in 1879 the Santa Fe Railway bought the land. A company was formed in 1880 by the railway in order to build a castle to be used as a resort. Tracks were run to the castle in 1882. There were beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens with elaborate fountains. Unfortunately, the resort burned to the ground two years later. Undeterred, the Santa Fe Railway contracted with architects to build an even more elaborate structure but only four months after it opened, another fire burned much of the upper part of the building. It was again rebuilt in 1886 and named "The Phoenix". However, it was never financially successful and was closed in 1890s.

    These three images taken by unknown photographer are three different views of this famous land mark. They all measure approximately 8" x 5".

    Very good-fine, very slight light contrast on two, mounts have wear on edges

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