Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Built to last.(Homestyle)

Byline: Story by Rick Nathanson Of the Journal Photographs by Pat Vasquez-Cunningham For the Journal

Adobe construction at El Rancho de las Golondrinas featured in History Channel show

The pioneers who settled the different parts of what is now the United States weren't just rugged they were also ingenious, said Ron Hazelton, "Good Morning America's" home improvement editor and host of the upcoming History Channel special, "Save Our History: Frontier Homes."

The one-hour program examines four types of frontier homes: adobe dwellings in the Southwest, post-and-beam houses in New England, log cabins in Appalachia, and sod homes in the prairie Midwest.

The adobe segment features El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum that depicts Spanish Colonial life.

Located just south of Santa Fe, El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is operated by a private trust, said Michael Romero Taylor, the Museum of New Mexico's deputy director of State Monuments.

Taylor is deeply interested in the ranch: his ancestors owned the property and lived there in the early 1700s, he said. Today, he serves on the board of directors for the ranch. …

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