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La Bajada Hill, ~ 1920’s Vintage New Mexican Hand-Colored Postcard

May 8, 2010

Published by Strong’s Bookstore in Albuquerque, this hand-colored linen textured postcard shows La Bajada Hill in all its original glory. The back of the 1920’s photographic card describes how La Bajada Hill was “cut out of Real Volcanic Lava” and boasted 1 1/2 miles and 23 hairpin turns.

Early 1920’s signs at the bottom read:

La Bajada Hill
Safe Speed 10 Miles
Watch Sharp Curves
This Road Is Not Fool Proof
But Safe For A Sane Driver
Use Low Gear

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2010 12:55 pm

    What a postcard! I wish I had hundreds of cards like these. They can reveal so much about the past. What an adventure back then to travel.

    • May 9, 2010 3:40 pm

      My longest trip up La Bajada came in 1976. I commuted to UNM nights for a class in an old, ailing 1963 VW bug. It went over the pass at a consistent 15 mph unless there was snow and I had to use chains. It was always a gamble to see if the car made it one more time. It didn’t always. I did a lot of hitchhiking in the 70’s. Different times then.

  2. May 13, 2010 12:40 pm

    I remember Mabel Dodge Luhan’s biography describes her first trip to Santa Fe – how they had to travel La Bajado Hill in REVERSE in the 20’s so that the car would actually have the power to get to the top. Love the postcard and the post.


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