Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch For than a century Ghost Ranch has attracted people of enormous energy and creativity to the high desert of northern New Mexico Occupying twenty two thousand acres of the Piedra Lumbre basin this fa

  • Title: Ghost Ranch
  • Author: Lesley Poling-Kempes
  • ISBN: 9780816523474
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • For than a century, Ghost Ranch has attracted people of enormous energy and creativity to the high desert of northern New Mexico Occupying twenty two thousand acres of the Piedra Lumbre basin, this fabled place was the love of artist Georgia O Keeffe s life, and her depictions of the landscape catapulted Ghost Ranch to international recognition Building on the histoFor than a century, Ghost Ranch has attracted people of enormous energy and creativity to the high desert of northern New Mexico Occupying twenty two thousand acres of the Piedra Lumbre basin, this fabled place was the love of artist Georgia O Keeffe s life, and her depictions of the landscape catapulted Ghost Ranch to international recognition Building on the history of the Abiquiu region that she told in Valley of Shining Stone, Ghost Ranch historian Lesley Poling Kempes now unfolds the story of this celebrated retreat She traces its transformation from el Rancho de los Brujos, a hideout for legendary outlaws, to a renowned cultural mecca and one of the Southwest s premier conference centers First a dude ranch, Ghost Ranch became a magical sanctuary where the veil between heaven and earth seemed almost transparent Focusing on those who visited from the 1920s and 30s until the 1990s, Poling Kempes tells how O Keeffe and others from Boston Brahmin Carol Bishop Stanley to paleontologist Edwin H Colbert, Los Alamos physicists to movie stars created a unique community that evolved into the institution that is Ghost Ranch today For this book, Poling Kempes has drawn on information not available when Valley of Shining Stone was written The biography of Juan de Dios Gallegos has been enhanced and definitively corrected The Robert Wood Johnson of Johnson Johnson years at Ghost Ranch are recounted with reminiscences from family members And the memories of David McAlpin Jr shed light on how the Princeton circle that included the Packs, the Johnson brothers, the Rockefellers, and the McAlpins ended up as summer neighbors on the high desert of New Mexico After Arthur Pack s gift of the ranch to the Presbyterian Church in 1955, Ghost Ranch became a spiritual home for thousands of people still awestruck by the landscape that O Keeffe so lovingly committed to canvas yet the care taken to protect Ghost Ranch s land and character has preserved its sense of intimacy By relating its remarkable story, Poling Kempes invites all visitors to better appreciate its place as an honored wilderness and to help safeguard its future.

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    1. Having read the author's Ladies of the Canyons I was familiar with much of the first part of the book. The next chapters, so to speak, concerned the stewardship of the Pack family, Georgia O'Keefe's appearance, the Los Alamos connection, the gift to the Presbyterian church of the ranch and difficulties with the Chicano uprising. It's all fascinating.The only improvement I would wish for would be a map of the ranch and its nearby neighbors.

    2. What a wonderful history of the beautiful place called Ghost Ranch! From its early settlement by two cattle banditos to its current life as a Presbyterian conference center, its history is fascinating. It served as a dude ranch for several decades. Poling-Kempes provides a look at the time when the top-secret Manhattan Project was being conducted not many miles to the south; scientists and other personnel came to the ranch for respite but under assumed names. Her detailed account of the many pal [...]

    3. Poling-Kempes' book is both engaging and comprehensive. She traces the history of the ranch from its origins as a hideout for cattle thieves, to its rise in popularity as a vacation destination and finally as a retreat. She shows readers how the Ghost Ranch is a microcosm of New Mexico history--how it was the subject of land disputes; a place that captured the imagination of environmentalists, paleontologists, and artists; and how it served as a retreat for both O'Keeffe and the scientists at Lo [...]

    4. I read this book as I was traveling through the South West along with one Thousand White Women and Edge of Taos Desert I could truly identify with these books both fiction and non-fiction. Ghost ranch includes the history of Abiqui as well as the envolvement of Georgia O'Keefe in the development of this wonderful area. I hiked the Pedernal mountain area and felt I was walking in the footsteps of Georgia herself.

    5. This is the second time that I have read this book. It is useful as a reference for Ghost Ranch tours and it was as interesting the second time through as it was the first. This book is THE reference on the history of Ghost Ranch.

    6. I visited Ghost Ranch for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. This is a wonderful book profiling the remarkable people who have been part of Ghost Ranch history. Poling-Kempes is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading her other work on New Mexico.

    7. I have been to this part of New Mexico so many times that it feels like home. Upon visiting Ghost Ranch this past summer I purchased this book in the gift shop. It is a wonderfully written account of a mystical place. One of my all time favorites.

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