Known primarily as a place in the cool Sacramento Mountains to escape the summer heat and as a winter skiing getaway, them town of Ruidoso has a rich history, and this
recent title in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series captures it well. Like all books in the series, this one is devoted to historic photos of the area, and includes more than 200 of them. As noted in the extended captions accompanying the images, in the past two centuries the area has been home to the Mescalero Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers from nearby Fort Stanton, Billy the Kid, outdoorsmen, business people, and gambling enthusiasts (before and after gambling was legalized) who placed their bets at what is now Ruidoso Downs racetrack. (Read more in "The Dash for Cash," page 46.) Authors Lyn Kidder and Herb Brunell both live in Ruidoso. A set of 15 postcards featuring historic images from Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs is also available ($7.99).