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Jack & Marge Lambert

Jack & Marge Lambert


Honored August 1988

Everett 'Jack' Vey & Marge Lambert

Jack and Marge Lambert--the cowboy and the anthropologist--stand out as the kind of memorable people who gave Santa Fe its special character.

Born in 1898 on a ranch near Ocarche, Oklahoma, Everett Vey Lambert, always known as "Jack," left home at fourteen to go cowboying in Wyoming, Utah, and on the 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. But when he found New Mexico, he found home. He and his brother bought the Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe, where they ran a dude ranch. Later they ran pack trips out of Hacienda San Gabriel near Alcalde. Many easterners who fell in love with New Mexico and moved to Santa Fe, got their first look at the country with Jack as their guide, Mary Cabot Wheelwright and the White sisters included.

Remembering that time, Jack said, "There was no pavement and not one fence between here and Gallup or the Grand Canyon."