Glimpses of the Past August 16 2012 Who is Alexander Doniphan
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"Who Is Alexander Doniphan?"
Joe McCaffrey, a native of Albuquerque and a classmate of the late mayor, Henry O. Sanchez, graduated from St. Mary's High School, received a bachelor's and master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and received a Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Joe credits his love of southwest history and his interest in Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan to the late Professor Lynn I. Perrigo.
Did You Know?
The community of Loma Parda, a few miles from Fort Union, was a favorite hangout for soldiers. Julian Baca's dance hall, with its casino and cantina, was the center of social life. Two orchestras played in 12-hour shifts and soldiers danced with local women.