As hammers nailed planks together, construction of a platform from which teenager girls Valentina Madrid and Alma Lyons would hang by the neck was underway on the courthouse lawn. They may have watched the workers build the device that would kill the condemned gals.
No doubt many other miscreants and those wrongly accused had this same view.
The jail and courthouse ruins are iconic today. The jail is one of the 100 historic images on the New Mexico Centennial celebration's Get the Picture contest. Will this historic ruin be completely lost, or might it be conserved for posterity and interpretation of New Mexico's rich judicial heritage?