From the Jacket:
Alive with detail and incident, Kenneth C. Balcomb's A Boy's Albuquerque is a delightful remembrance of a turn-of-the-century western village about to become a city. Written for adult readers, Balcomb's narrative retains the intimacy and energetic curiosity of a boy who was obviously into everything. These recollections by Balcomb provide newcomer and old-timer alike with an appealing and enlightening view of Albuquerque's characteristics and growth.
An abundance of detailed information on the people and history of early Albuquerque makes this book irresistible reading. One senses the mystique of Mr. Trimble's tallyho, experiences the frustration of Tom Insley as he tries to navigate the deep sand of primitive roads in one of the town's first horseless carriages, and tastes, fresh from the wagon, Mr. Harsch's mysterious Coyote Water. Balcomb traces as well the humorous vicissitudes of progress: the flourishing and demise of the red light district, and the collapse of a new concrete and steel bridge built to replace an