Los Alamos Historical Society:
Severo Gonzales stopped by the Los Alamos Historical Society offices last week. It’s always a pleasure to visit with him and his brother Ray, who—in their 80s—remain active and tell wonderful stories of their lives as children on the Pajarito Plateau in the 1930s. They were instrumental in helping to interpret the homestead-era Romero Cabin, the seasonal home of their maternal grandparents where the boys spent many summers.
On this visit, Severo regaled us with stories of Los Alamos Ranch School Director A.J. Connell. He delivered coffee to Connell every morning and got a reputation among the other workers as Mr. Connell’s favorite “waiter.” Connell would give Severo a list of supplies he needed each day (especially Cokes), and the young man would dutifully fill it at the school’s trading post, run by his father Bences.
LOS ALAMOS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Do you know the names of the five Nobel Prize winners who have lived on Bathtub Row? Or why the homesteaders who lived in the little cabin near the Memorial Rose Garden farmed only 15 acres on the plateau? Or what spurred Ashley Pond to start a western ranch-style school for wealthy, mostly eastern boys?
You can learn the answers to these and many other questions about Los Alamos history by taking a guided tour of the Los Alamos Historic District 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Trained volunteers and staff members lead visitors through the one-block area along Bathtub Row that encompasses all eras of Los Alamos history—and they also explain how Bathtub Row got its name! Some tours are delivered chronologically, while others are site specific and may skip around in time. Guides develop their own scripts based on extensive training and reading about Los Alamos history.
These articles are written by the Los Alamos Historical Society Staff. Many of these articles were originally published by the