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On the rural New Mexico highway headed south from Albuquerque a fine 'base-camp' to visit the 3 ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is the small southwestern town of Mountainair. And especially the historical protected Shaffer Hotel seen in this image.

The Shaffer Hotel was constructed in 1923 by Clem 'Pop' Shaffer, experienced blacksmith, merchant, horse trader, land speculator, patriot, and most important - an artist. He preferred concrete over the more popular and cheaper wood construction. His artistic interpretation of pueblo construction and art resulted in this "pueblo deco" style which would become very popular decades later.

Note the symbols on the Hotel's second floor are not swatiskas but Pueblo Native American symbols long before Nazi Germany.

Today the Shaffer Hotel is not only a fine place to dine, but also stay in the historic hotel rooms.

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