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    BILL RAKOCY (b. 1924)
    Winston, N.M. Ghost Town, 1990
    Watercolor
    14in. x 20in.
    Signed, dated, and titled lower left

    Bill Rakocy received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees at the Kansas City Art Institute. A resident of El Paso for over 30 years, Rakocy is an artist, author, and historian. His favorite subjects are the land, people, and history of El Paso and the surrounding countryside.

    In this watercolor, Winston, N.M. Ghost Town, Rakocy chronicles the once thriving mining town of Winston, New Mexico. Originally called Fairview, Winston was settled in 1880-81 by miners. By 1884, it had 3,100 people, a school, a newspaper, horseraces, and a bar.

    Miner, businessman, and future state legislator, Frank H. Winston moved to town in 1882. He eventually owned Fairview Cattle Co., Frank Winston Co. general merchandise, and the Fairview Garage. He was a kind man, extending credit to customers during bad financial times. After his death in 1929 (he is buried in a cemetery in Chloride), the town was renamed in his honor.

    Winston declined as silver prices dropped. By 1940, the population was about 400, and was 250 by 1946. Today only a few families remain. Some old buildings still stand, including the school (built in 1890), Frank Winston's home, his carriage house, and store.



    Condition Report*: Excellent condition. New frame in excellent condition.
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