LEGENDS OF THE SPANISH SOUTHWEST
By Cleve Hallenbeck and Juanita H. Williams
Publisher: The Arthur H. Clark Company, Glendale, 1938
First Edition, hardback, photographic illustrations and a map, 341 pages, deckled page edges, some of which have never been cut apart, indicating that the book has never been read by anyone.
“The colonization of our Atlantic seaboard and of our southwest were practically contemporaneous, and the courage, faith and endurance displayed by the English in conquering the wilderness of New England were not greater nor more steadfast than those shown by the Spanish in facing and overcoming the hazards of the inhospitable southwest.
“The New England people preserved little of the romance of that period. But the Spanish pioneers, while as practical as were their Nordic brothers, were a poetic people, and the one lone flower of romance that we find in New England’s colonial history can be matched by a whole garden of flowers garnered from the Spanish period of our southwest. Even the Acadian story of immortal Evangeline cannot be ranked in heart interest above the California story of Concepción Arquello, or the Texas story of Juan Huisar.
“We have chosen from the wealth of material available only such of the old Spanish legends as were, in our opinion, most worthy to survive as a part of our national literature. Limitations of space made it necessary for us to reject a number of meritorious legends, and it was deemed advisable to omit some that have been published before or are well known, in order to preserve others that to date are practically unknown except in the districts where their scenes are said to have been enacted.
“Several of the stories appear to be historically verifiable. Others doubtless are more or less fanciful, although probably even the supposedly fictional ones have a substantial foundation of fact.
“We believe that the character of a people may be more clearly reflected in its legendary lore than in the recital of its political history, and it is our hope that these stories will reveal somewhat of the true character of the Spanish pioneers of our southwest.”
Juanita H. Williams
Roswell, New Mexico, 1938
New Mexico Legends
La Jornada del Muerte
El Camino del Padre
The Bell of the San Miguel
Sangre de Cristo
El Jardin de las Cruces
Aguilar and Ysabel
The Margil Vine
The Sculptor of the San José
Bells of the San José
Francesca and Ferenor
A Legend of Baffle Point
The Girl of Guevavi
The Unfinished Tower of San Xavier
Treasure Legends of Arizona
The Pearl that Defeated Vizcaino
The Relief of San Diego de Acalá
The Serra Tree
The Pearls of Loreto
Father Magín’s Alameda
The Padre of the San Luis Rey
Other Southwestern Legends
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Legends of the Blue Lady
The Gran Quivira