I've had a book on my to-be-read shelf for a while, so I picked it up a few days ago.
It was supposed to take place in Albuquerque in 1879 when the railroad arrived. The original settlement of the Villa de Albuquerque was along the Rio Grande River, but the train tracks and depot were located one mile to the east. Consequently, the Villa became known as "Old Town" and the new area near the train station was called "New Town."
Unfortunately, there were so many factual inaccuracies that it became distracting and I couldn't pay attention to the story. Eventually I gave up because the plot was not strong enough to overcome the geographical errors.
Just so you know, here is the truth about Albuquerque geography in 1879:
- Old Town and New Town are both on the east side of the Rio Grande River--they were not separated by it.
- There were neither ponderosa pines nor pinion trees in Albuquerque, and there still aren't.
- The Sandia Mountains are on the east side of Albuquerque.
- There is a mesa on the west side and no plains on the east side.
- Any woman riding a horse would be wearing a shade hat the whole time, instead of leaving it tied to the back of her saddle for four hours.
In case you end up reading that book, you can fix those facts in your brain. Good luck with the plot.