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Trail Dust: Little is left of once-thriving town of San Marcial

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MARC SIMMONS

Trail Dust

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 4:20 pm | Updated: 10:53 pm, Sun May 25, 2014.

The town of San Marcial on the Rio Grande in Central New Mexico had a checkered history, one that ended in disaster. Government records show a post office lasted there from 1869 to 1944, but the latter date is deceiving. It suggests that until World War II, the place was a viable community, which it was not.

Most folks pronounced the name “San Mar-shall” rather than “San Mar-see-all” as would be proper in Spanish. The probable reason is that the town was named for St. Martial of Limoges, France, a saint of the third century. Likely, one of the French priests who came to New Mexico with Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy in the 19th century gave the town its name.

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  • Pete Golden posted at 8:39 am on Mon, May 26, 2014.

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