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Trail Dust: Arrival of horseless carriage transformed New Mexico

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MARC SIMMONS

Trail Dust

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:04 am | Updated: 12:33 am, Sat Mar 15, 2014.

Between 1895 and the 1920s the American automobile culture spread across the Southwest, changing the old way of life forever. By the time the Ford Motor Company opened its first plant in 1920, most people were already convinced that motorcars were more efficient, speedier and safer than horses.

By late 1895 inventors had applied for more than 500 patents related to the automobile. It was probably in that year that one of the early models first reached New Mexico.

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  • henry griswold posted at 4:30 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    $1.50 for a drivers license & a mere $2 for registration is like $45 & $60 today.

     
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