Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Pendant ©Author Adventures
Outside the Palace of the Governors © Author Adventures
Outside the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe © Author Adventures

Lew Wallace wrote some of his classic book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, where he served as governor in the late 1880s. The book is now available as a free ebook through, which can be found by typing Lew Wallace in the book catalog search box. The story was also made into a 1959 movie that earned 11 Academy Awards and starred Charlton Heston.

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A photo taken outside the Palace of the Governors appears on this page. This is where jewelry artisans and doll makers display and sell their work for reasonable prices. They can tell you which mine the stones came from. The Sleeping Beauty mine is now closed. An example of a Sleeping Beauty turqouise is on this page. Unfortunately, many mines that were once rich with natural gems are getting depleted.

The Palace of the Governors is the fourth stop on our New Mexico Trail!

Patricia Smart