"By Design": Santa Fe style
Taos Pueblo have been continuously inhabited for some 1,000 years. CBS NewsFor our special broadcast titled "By Design," Charles Osgood has left our studio to hit the trail . . .the Santa Fe Trail:It is a luminous landscape in northern New Mexico. Mountains and streams, canyons and hilltops, allbathed in a special light -- La Luz, as the Spanish call it.This is the homeland of the Pueblo Indians, builders of America's original high-rises. The mud-an--straw (or adobe) brick homes of the Taos Pueblo have been continuously inhabited for some 1,000 years. It has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe.CBS NewsIn 1610, the Spanish established their colonial capital nearby, a town dedicated to the holy faith of St. Francis: Santa Fe.The end of the fabled trail of pioneer days, Santa Fe is today the oldest state capital city in ournation. And if its earth-tone structures hark back to the Pueblo originals, well, that's by design. Almost a century ago, city fathers mandated use of the style all over town, predicting -- accurately,as it turned out -- that it would be good for the tourist trade.Today, even fast food outlets and big box stores are clad in Santa Fe style.