Ruidoso: The Carmon Phillips Collection

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Ruidoso, New Mexico, has long offered a cool, verdant haven to the many visitors who come to escape the desert heat. Commercial development of the area was hampered by the sheer difficulty in getting there—"You just picked your way through the sand dunes, following someone else's tire tracks," an early visitor recalled. Eventually, the first private cabins in Ruidoso were built in 1915 and a few primitive lodging facilities were added in the 1920s and 1930s. The local economy slowed during the Great Depression, but visitors still came to the cool pines. World War II brought an influx of servicemen from nearby air bases, but it was during the period of postwar enthusiasm that the town really began to grow. Word spread about the little town in the tall pines, due in large part to the efforts of one of its newest residents—photographer Carmon Phillips.
ISBN: 9781467131858
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Mexico
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lyn Kidder met Carmon Phillips shortly after arriving in Ruidoso in 1997 and wrote one of her first New Mexican magazine articles about the old mill. Some of Phillips's photographs, made available by his daughter Delana Clements, appear in Kidder's first book with Arcadia Publishing, Images of America: Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs.