Prohibition-era New Mexico hotel in online auction

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FILE - This Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows a "For Sale" sign hanging in front of a home.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – A famous northern New Mexico landmark where a newspaper publisher shot a judge and a highway official during the 1920s is being sold.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the owners of the Prohibition-era El Fidel Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico are selling the building in an online auction.

Two years after it opened, the hotel then called The Meadows made headlines as the site of a shooting involving Las Vegas Judge David Leahy and Carl Magee, founder of the now-defunct Albuquerque Tribune.

Leahy attacked Magee in the hotel’s lobby over Magee’s coverage of political corruption. Magee drew a revolver and shot Leahy and killed a State Highway Department official.

Magee was acquitted of manslaughter.

The Spanish Colonial Revival-style hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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