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.