Visiting the ghosts of Downtown past

Many of our local history's boldfaced names are buried up the hill, just off Yale, in what was formerly the edge of town

You can visit them, too. We have a guide.
Though finished many decades ago, their work continues to define greater Downtown. We know them primarily through the various streets, hospitals, and parks that still carry their names, but the final resting places of many of the luminaries of Downtown's history are a little further away - mostly at Fairview Memorial Park, near Yale and Cesar Chávez, at what was once the very outskirts of town.

To transpose the old saying, their graves are forgotten but not gone. We decided to visit some recently, and today present this guide:
Clyde Tingley, 1881-1960
Bio: Clyde Tingley dominated city politics for decades. He served two stints as a city councilor, including a decade as mayor (technically the chair of the city commission - titles were a bit different back then). A Democrat, he was elected state governor in 1934, at the height of the New Deal. After that, he returned to serve another 13 years as mayor.
Modern-day memorials: Tingley Drive, Tingley Park, and Tingley Beach (The Carrie Tingley Hospital is named for his wife.)
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
William Lovelace, 1883-1968
Bio: Dr. William Lovelace moved to Albuquerque in 1913, working to develop a clinic in the model of Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, though the Lovelace Health System also traces its origins to a group of missionaries and philanthropists who began working here in the 1880s, building their first hospital in 1901.
Modern-day memorials: Lovelace Hospitals
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
Mary McKnight Bezemek, 1871-1944
Bio: The Bezemek family owned a dairy, headquartered in Wells Park, that closed in 1941. McKnight Avenue is named for Mary, and Bezemek is named for her husband, James. Bezemek is one block long, but McKnight extends far into the heights. (Further background in the June 11, 2020 DAN)
Modern-day memorials: McKnight Avenue, Bezemek Avenue 
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
Elias Stover, 1836-1927
Bio: A sailor and former lieutenant governor of Kansas, Elias Stover moved to New Mexico in 1876. He worked with Franz Huning and William Hazledine to buy up the land that made possible the arrival of the railroad in what later became the Downtown core.
Modern-day memorials: Stover Avenue
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
Franz Huning, 1828-1905
Bio: Born in the Kingdom of Hanover (present-day Germany), Franz Huning arrived in New Mexico in 1849. His extensive investments included a hotel, a streetcar, a newspaper, and real estate. His famous Castle Huning mansion sat at 15th and Central
Modern-day memorials: The Huning Castle neighborhood, the Huning Highland neighborhood, Franz Huning Avenue, an apartment complex, and another apartment complex
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
William Hazeldine, 1844-1892
Bio: The third member of the trio that brought the railroad to town, William Hazeldine worked as a judge and lawyer, including a stint as solicitor general of the Atlantic and Pacific railroad, (later the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe). Read a brief article on his death, from the Los Angeles Herald, here.
Modern-day memorials: Hazeldine Avenue
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park, where a more modern headstone has been added alongside a more weathered marker (exact map)
Mary Fox, 1873-1961
Bio: Born in 1873, Fox oversaw extensive real estate holdings from her home, which was located at what is now the east side of Mary Fox Park. We profiled her last summer. She shares mausoleum space with her husband, Marion Fox (above).
Modern-day memorials: Mary Fox Park
Grave location: Sunset Memorial Park's mausoleum (exact map)
Oren Strong, 1905-1986
Bio: Oren Strong was part of the third generation to run the family mortuary business, which for many decades also included Fairview Memorial Park. (In a twist of fate, the origins of the business can be traced to when his grandparents decided to stay in Albuquerque after their oxen died suddenly at Copper and 2nd.) Oren's sister, Fay, wound up marrying a man named Richard Thorne, who became an official partner in the family business in 1930. (Many thanks to Susan Schwartz, of Fairview Memorial Park, for information on Strong and Hazeldine. Photo by Tansyfields.)
Modern-day memorials: Strong-Thorne Mortuary (Coal and Cedar)
Grave location: Fairview Memorial Park (exact map)
Closed for now: Dale Bellamah
The remains of the developer whose name lives on in the avenue that passes through Sawmill and Wells Park are in the mausoleum of the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, at Wyoming and Paseo del Norte. As of this writing, it is closed due to COVID-19.
Out of town: Raynolds, Forrester
Curious about a Downtown luminary we didn't mention? Let us know!
Happening today: DAN's 2020 news review and 2021 preview
Tune into this afternoon's Downtown Public Safety ECHO meeting for a presentation and discussion of greater Downtown news. It all starts at 1 p.m. Information on how to join here.
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